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Effect of the the weather on musculoskeletal symptoms

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by NewsBot, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. NewsBot

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    Fluctuation of pain by weather change in musculoskeletal disorders.
    Salek KM, Mamun MA, Parvin N, Ahmed SM, Khan MM, Rijvi AN, Rahman MH, Khasru MR, Akther A, Rahman M, Islam S, Emran A.
    Mymensingh Med J. 2011 Oct;20(4):645-51.
  2. Was it Rocky or Bullwinkle that had the weather bunion? (It was the moose, so which ever one he was).

    As an aside, how many authors did that paper have listed? :bash:
  3. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    I clicked on this thread hoping for an insight into the mechanism behind this phenomena. Doesn't look like this paper discusses that though. Chances of someone on here having access to the Mymensingh Medical Journal...?
  4. footankle.ca

    footankle.ca Welcome New Poster

    It would be interesting to see a study done on those same subjects where they are instituted into a room with fluctuating humidity and barometric pressures to see if they can tell the difference via an analogue pain scale. Bad weather and cold conditions don't generally make people happy or feel good. Is it therefore a surprise that they use this anecdote for pain exacerbation's? Get a control group situation and test the theory.
  5. efuller

    efuller MVP


    That says it all
  6. I like the theory that the rapidly decreasing barometric pressure that accompanies low pressure systems and storms causes a expansion of the closed fluid compartment within the joints stimulating the receptors within the joint capsules. Ever take a bag of potato chips (crisps) up to altitude in the mountains?.....same physics lesson.....

    However, wouldn't think that the fluid within the joints would actually expand that much with slight changes in external barometric pressure, but it may not take much change in joint volume to cause the receptors to become stimulated...:cool:

  7. Orthican

    Orthican Active Member

    I have had soooo many oa patients over the years say the same thing.
    The barometric pressure certainly is the only plausible or at least reasonable explanation. "I feel winter" just does not do it for me.

    I've wondered if in fact the internal damage and increased cellular activity in say an osteoarthritic knee that already has swelling to begin with does not take much to push over the threshhold regarding decreased barometric pressure acting to allow increase in volume and therefore easier excitation? I have not much to prove that though. Just a thought I had.

    A proper study is the only way to know.
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    Effect of Weather on Back Pain: Results From a Case-Crossover Study
    Daniel Steffens, Chris G. Maher, Qiang Li, Manuela L. Ferreira, Leani S. M. Pereira, Bart W. Koes and Jane Latimer
    Arthritis Care & Research; Volume 66, Issue 12, pages 1867–1872, December 2014
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    The influence of weather on the risk of pain exacerbation in patients with knee osteoarthritis – a case-crossover study
    M.L. Ferreira, Y. Zhang, B. Metcalf, J. Makovey, K.L. Bennell, L. March, D.J. Hunter
    Article in Press
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    Link between weather and chronic pain is emerging through innovative smartphone research
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    Influence of meteorological elements on balance control and pain in patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis
    Peultier, L., Lion, A., Chary-Valckenaere, I. et al.
    Int J Biometeorol (2016). doi:10.1007/s00484-016-1269-x
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    Acute Low Back Pain? Do Not Blame the Weather—A Case-Crossover Study.
    Keira Beilken, Mark J. Hancock, Chris G. Maher, Qiang Li, Daniel Steffens.
    Pain Medicine, 2016; pnw126 DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnw126

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