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Saturday, January 20, 2018

The influence of weather on joint pain declared a myth

It is believed that some people, especially the elderly, back and joints often suffer in rainy weather. However, scientists from Harvard University made a statement that if such dependence is likely to constitute a misleading.

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Experts analyzed data on 11 complaints of millions of American retirees on back pain and joint pain in the period from 2008 to 2012. As it turned out, the 1.5 million people whose data were analyzed, in Sunny weather came to doctors with such complaints even more than rainy. However, the difference was so small that experts did not see the direct relationship between the rains and the likelihood that people will take a visit to the therapist. At the same time, the researchers note that they did not check depended on whether the weather the intensity of the symptoms.

The study was published in the scientific journal BMJ.

This is not the first study, the authors questioned the relationship between weather and pain in the joints or back. About a year ago, a group of experts representing the Institute for global health in Sydney conducted an experiment, which was attended by nearly a thousand people suffering from lower back pain and about 350 people with osteoarthritis of the knee. As it turned out, in fact, of all studied weather changes back pain was slightly increased but significant increase in air temperature, even in this case the difference was small. Analyzing the data obtained, scientists have suggested that bad weather makes a person pay more attention to unpleasant feeling such as pain in the back, and this, in turn, gives rise to a wrong impression that those are the very days the pain is stronger. Also have a role to play is inherent in the psychology of almost any human trait that causes others to seek out phenomena evidence for what they believe initially. Therefore, if someone expects the change of weather will make it back or joints hurt, he would blame the bad weather, even if these feelings could alarm and at any other time.

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