June 05, 2020
One of the most popular myths is the direct relationship between low temperatures and the sensation of pain in the bones. However, this is not true. “The cold is not painful, nor does it harm in the long term. What really hurts is the tissues that form the joints that surround it”, explains Mirko Tello, Traumatologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma.
However, people with pre-existing rheumatic diseases, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, and osteoarthritis, may experience muscle stiffness and discomfort during the winter. Still, cold and humidity do not cause or trigger such pathologies. In that case, the specialist advises using hot compresses on the affected area to relieve symptoms.
Although the hands, knees, and other areas of the body are usually numb from the change of season, do not hesitate to see a doctor if the pain is persistent and lasts more than three days, especially in children. “Ideally, you should get an x-ray to rule out any disease, since the appearance of tumors during the growth stage is frequent”, stresses the expert.
If you want to avoid these discomforts in the future, do aerobic exercises to improve joint mobility and good blood circulation. Also, dress appropriately when you are at home and when you leave, paying more attention to your feet, hands, and neck. On the contrary, if you want to relieve pain, apply heat to relax the muscles or salicylate creams for a faster effect.
Dr. Mirko Tello
Traumatologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma