The common observation when the cold weather comes, is that people start to get sick. This notion has persisted ever since the Roman times, and experts thought it's time to bust the myth.
Researchers from The George Institute for Global Health found that the change of weather has no connection with the symptoms of back pain, joint pain or osteoarthritis.
Usually, people notice different body pains when the weather gets cold. We also hear it from our grandparents that the climate is to blame. But, experts say, changes in temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation have nothing to do with it.
Professor Chris Maher, of The George Institute for Global Health, told the George Institute
, “The belief that pain and inclement weather are linked dates back to Roman times. But our research suggests this belief may be based on the fact that people recall events that confirm their pre-existing views.
“Human beings are very susceptible so it’s easy to see why we might only take note of pain on the days when it’s cold and rainy outside, but discount the days when they have symptoms but the weather is mild and sunny.”
Researchers gathered results from 1000 people with lower back pain, and 350 people with knee osteoarthritis. Together with the weather data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, they compared the onset of pain and the climate condition one week and one month before the pain is noticed.
Experts noticed that the pain has no significant correlation with temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction or precipitation. However, they noticed as the temperature gets cold, there was an increase of back pain. Yet, researchers confirm that the increase was not clinically important.
Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira, who led the osteoarthritis research at The George Institute, also said in the report, “People who suffer from either of these conditions should not focus on the weather as it does not have an important influence on your symptoms and it is outside your control.”
Ferreira, Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute and at the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, added, “What’s more important is to focus on things you can control in regards to managing pain and prevention.”