With the second round of arctic temperature in the Upper Peninsula, we took a look at how cold can affect your joint health.
Staff at Marquette General Therapies and U.P. Rehab Services treat joint pain on a regular basis. In their research, they've actually found no solid link between low temps and increased joint pain.
Medical professionals have said it's difficult to determine a connection and measure it. One thing they can agree on is staying indoors and inactive is a greater risk.
"The bottom line is circulation and joint lubrication take place when the joints are active, so as things get cold, it becomes very tempting to say, 'I don't want to go for a walk; it's cold outside. I don't want to be as active, my senses, my joints are more uncomfortable'. But ironically, in becoming sedentary, at that point you're actually doing yourself more harm than good," said Brad Jackson, physical therapist.
Jackson also said there is some relief if you have joint pain. Swimming, especially in warm water, can help ease the pressure and, therefore, the pain you feel in your joints.