Friday, February 14, 2014

Arthritis Pain linked to Air Pressure & Humidity

Dutch researchers compared pain and weather reports and found that osteoarthritis patients reported higher levels of pain and stiffness on days when it was rainy or humid. The 222-patient study in the Journal Pain found pain scores worsened as the humidity and barometric pressure increased.
When the researchers compared weather conditions to pain and function scores, they found that pain scores worsened by 1 point for each 10 percent increase in humidity. Function scores worsened by one point for every 10 hectopascals (0.29 of an inch) increase in barometric pressure.


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