Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Cold Weather Joint Pain

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Do plunging temperatures seem to trigger your joint pain? You’re not alone.  Many people report suddenly worsening symptoms as the weather changes.  A common theory is that this is the result of changes in barometric pressure that leads to subtle changes in the pressure on joints and joint lining. The research into the phenomena has led to conflicting results. There isn’t a solid, scientific explanation for why so many people suffer joint pain as the weather changes. But there is a good deal of anecdotal evidence. One study found that as many as two thirds of people suffering from chronic joint pain believed there was a link between the severity of their symptoms and the weather.  In the words of one rheumatology expert, Dr. James Fant, “…I’ve been practicing for nearly 20 years and I’ve heard it so often from so many patients that I know there’s something to it.”

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If you do regularly suffer joint pain, or even if you do not, there are some precautions to help avoid or mitigate pain as the weather changes. Wear warm, protective clothing to avoid suddenly exposing your joints to dramatically cooler conditions. Stretch and move regularly, especially if you sit a lot at work.

If joint pain has become a very significant problem as the climate grows chillier or if you know from experience your pain seems to worsen dramatically as the weather changes, see a joint specialist. First, they can diagnose the underlying source of your “baseline” joint pain: whether it’s a form of arthritis, injury to the bone, cartilage or other joint tissue, or even damage caused and/or worsened by poor posture or deformity. They can treat the underlying condition, and establish a plan to help deal with sudden changes in temperature. This may include special exercises, stretches, medication, or even assistive devices.

Our joint treatment professionals are available for consults. Request an appointment today for a healthier, more active season ahead!





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Five Ideas For a Joint Friendlier Holiday Season

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This holiday season give your joints cause to celebrate. Try these five tips to keep your knees, shoulders, hips, and other joints healthy and happy.



Eat Right

Feed your joints this holiday season, and enjoy great flavor, stronger joints, and an anti-inflammatory boost. Get in Omega 3’s with oily fish, like salmon; carotenes, like those in squash, yams, and carrots; calcium and vitamin D, which can come from dairy, leafy greens, and appropriate, regular exposure to sunlight.



Make Your Kitchen Joint Friendly

If you’re responsible for food preparation over the holidays, it’s especially important to make sure your kitchen is as joint-friendly as possible. An enjoyable tradition can become a painful ritual fast when proper precautions aren’t taken. Check out this guide over at our fellow AOSMI subsidiary site,, for some great tips.


Shop Small or Online

Whether it’s stocking up on ingredients for big holiday meals, or hitting the Black Friday sales, it can be tempting to do some heavy-lifting while shopping this time of year. Don’t fall for it–your health is worth more than any bargain. Shop small when it comes to groceries, and try doing your holiday shopping online if possible. Lots of stores offer the same deals online, without the crowds or cutthroat competition.



Give From the Joints

If you know someone suffering from knee, hip, shoulder, or other joint issues, consider gifts that will help make things easier for them. In urban areas, subscription-based grocery delivery services are becoming increasingly common, and are a great way to spare those with joint pain from the challenges associated with lugging heavy grocery bags. In Northern climes, see what kinds of snow shoveling services are available. Therapeutic massage is another simple route. Don’t forget to gift yourself, too. At your next joint specialist appointment, ask if there are any assistive or support devices, footwear, etc. your doctor recommends looking into–and then add to your wish list!




See A Specialist

If you’ve been suffering in silence, make this the season you get professional help for your joint pain or mobility issues. It’s a gift that will keep on giving. Our team accepts appointment requests here.

Limited mobility and chronic pain from damaged joints is a tragedy that affects more than just one person — it robs families, loved ones, and communities of so much you have to offer. The specialists at the Advanced Joint Replacement Institute want to help you get back on your feet and out in the world. Our team has the experience, skills, and technology to replace joints using minimally invasive techniques for a faster recovery time, less pain, and less scarring.