Does Cold Weather Really Increase Your Pain?

The Research, My Opinion, and 3 Suggestions

Cold Weather Causes Pain

It’s been cold lately. I know it’s that time of year, so it’s supposed to be cold, but this year seems to be more frigid than usual. I live in Southern California, so when I say cold, I’m talking 48 degrees when I get in my car in the morning. Of course by the afternoon it’s back up to 67, but still, the struggle is real. Even more real is the struggle my Physical Therapy patients are going through with the weather change. Not a day goes by that I don’t hear about how the cold weather is making their pain worse – and they want to know why?

Maybe you’ve wondered the same thing – why does cold weather seem to make pain worse?

Well, I’ll do my best to provide a logical answer here…

Why Meniscus Surgery Isn’t All It’s Cut Out To Be

Meniscus Surgery Operating Table

A Meniscus tear in your knee sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it? If you had a tear, your first thought, other than “Ouch!”, might be “I probably need surgery!” Well, you wouldn’t be alone. Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy is the most common orthopedic procedure performed in the United States – about 700,000 surgeries per year costing roughly 4 billion dollars1. Being so common, you would think the meniscus surgery must have incredibly successful outcomes, right?

Not so much…