atmospheric pressure changes in dehradun causes muscular and joint pains
The Climate of the district is generally temperate. It varies greatly from tropical to severe cold depending upon the altitude of the area. The district being hilly, temperature variations due to difference in elevation are considerable. In the hilly regions, the summer is pleasant, but in the Doon, the heat is often intense, although not to such degree as in the plains of the adjoining district. The temperature drops below freezing point not only at high altitude but even at places like Dehradun during the winters, when the higher peaks are also under snow. The area receives an average annual rainfall of 2073.3 mm. Most of the annual rainfall in the district is received during the months from June to September, July and August being rainiest. During this period the complaints of muscular and joint pain increases as there are changes in the atmospheric pressure.
The atmospheric pressure affects the joints as well.
CAUSE OF JOINT PAIN-
Blame it on the barometric pressure: Any change in pressure, or the weight of the air pressing against the surface of the earth, can trigger joint pain or headaches in some people.”Arthritis affects everything else within the joint itself, including the joint lining, which we call the synovium, as well as the ligaments that are within the joint.Although research conclusions on this have been mixed, anecdotal evidence from patients — and most experts — support a link between the two. According to a survey published in the journal Pain, two-thirds of people living with chronic joint complaints in San Diego, Nashville, Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, believed there to be a link between their pain and weather changes.Anything cold causes muscles, ligaments and tendons to sort of tighten up, and that makes them stiffer.There have been studies related to low back pain, osteoarthritis (OA) in multiple joints and rheumatoid arthritis. The consensus of these studies is that barometric pressure is directly associated with increases in osteoarthritis joint pain. Overall there is an inverse relationship; as barometric pressure decreases, pain increases. A drop in barometric pressure often precedes a storm, and the theory goes that a decrease in the air pressure can cause the tissues around the joints to swell, causing arthritic pain.If the barometric pressure is decreased, then that would allow the inflamed tissue to swell more, simply because there is less atmospheric pressure holding the tissue back. If there are nerves in that tissue, then those nerves would be stimulated by that swelling and that would translate into pain. Proponents of the idea use a balloon in a barometric chamber as a simulator. If the pressure outside drops, the air in the balloon expands. If the same happened in the area around an arthritic joint, the expansion or swelling could irritate the nerves, causing pain.
The people in dehradun thus suffer more of the joint pains in winters because of the changes in barometric or atmospheric pressure.With the more prevalent arthritis types like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, sun exposure, because it provides warmth, can make you feel better. There’s no evidence that it actually changes the condition but it can affect you symptomatically in a positive way.
1) Stretching of the muscles
2) physiotherapy that may include IFT, TENS, SWD and exercises.
3) avoid sedentary lifestyle