Five Ways To Prevent Joint Pain During the Summer
For people with arthritis, chronic dehydration impacts more than just outward symptoms such as thirst, headaches, and fatigue. Dehydration causes an increase in joint pain, muscle aches and inflammation in the body. Chronic dehydration can become a bigger problem for people with arthritis, especially during summer months, when our joint cartilage may be more likely to lose water. If you are experiencing increased stiffness, swelling, inflammation and flare-ups more often, proper hydration or balancing electrolyte and water inside your joints can help to relieve discomfort and ease symptoms. According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are more than 100 types of arthritis, and related conditions and osteoarthritis are the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some form of arthritis. Surprisingly, arthritis is most common among women, according to data shared by the Arthritis Foundation. While most people will experience arthritis pain on a spectrum, mild, moderate, and severe, flare-ups can be more common during the summer months due to excess fluid loss from sweat. That's because our cartilage or connective tissue that lines the surface of our joints is made of 60% water. Cartilage acts as a cushion between our bones to absorb shock and ease friction. When our body moves, a gel-like fluid called synovial fluid is squeezed out from the cartilage on the cartilage's surface. Synovial fluid is essential at keeping the cartilage lubricated, which prevents friction in our joints and helps to preserve our cartilage. A lack of lubrication can cause us to experience symptoms such as joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Here are five ways to maintain proper joint health during the summer months.