Recently, it seems we have had a weather front coming through Jacksonville every other week. For some of our patients, this causes their pain levels to change rapidly and drastically. Does the weather really have anything to do with changes in pain levels?
While there is not widespread agreement among scientists about the relationship between changing weather and pain, there are some theories about the potential relationship. A significant drop in barometric pressure is the leading theory on this topic. Although many people say that their pain worsens with damp, rainy weather, research has shown that it’s not the cold, wind, rain, or snow. More likely, the drop in barometric pressure associated with bad weather is the cause for increased pain.
Barometric pressure refers to the weight applied to your body by the atmosphere. Imagine the capsules surrounding the joints are similar to a balloon. High barometric pressure, typically associated with good weather, regardless of the temperature, pushes against the body from the outside keeping these tissues from expanding. When a front comes through and the barometric pressure drops, the pres- sure applied to the “balloon” is less, allowing the tissues to expand. Research has come to mixed conclusions. There are some people who say that the barometric pressure does not affect their pain. While this re- mains just a theory, barometric pressure seems a likely explanation because barometric pressure does affect our bodies. Some patients have thought that moving to a place with a warmer climate will help their pain levels. However, as mammals, humans adjust to their environment, and this means that the body would adjust to the climate after living there for some time.
Here are some tips for dealing with fluctuating pain levels during weather changes:
1. Stay warm: Dress in layers. Keep your house warm. Warm up the car before you have to get in it for work or errands. Sleep under an electric blanket. 2. Try to prevent swelling: If you have joint pain in your hands, try wearing spandex gloves at night to keep swelling out of the joints. Wear compression stockings for joint pain in your legs. 3. Keep moving: before going out into the elements, try moving around the house. 4. Remember the pain is temporary: when inclement weather approaches, the barometric pressure drops are only temporary. The body will adjust to the barometric pressure changes.
JOI was at the Bold City Showcase 2019. Dr. Kaplan, Dr. Lucie, Dr. Snyder, Thomas Gorman, ATC, and Sam Brown, ATC provide sports medicine coverage for four of the six school involved in the series: Atlantic Coast High School, The Bolles School, Mandarin High School, and University Christian School. Check out pics of the event:
The 2019 Arena Football National Championship is just around the corner. Don’t miss out as your Jacksonville Sharks take on the Carolina Cobras this Saturday August 17 at the Veterans Memorial Arena. The game kicks off at 7:00 pm.
Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute is proud to be the Official Sports Medicine Provider for the Jacksonville Sharks. JOI’s Dr. Lance Snyder and ATC Luke Bratton work hard to keep these soon to be champions in the game!
The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Insititute and Baptist Health are proud to be sponsors for The Inaugural Bold City Showcase featuring three games between local high school football team including: Bartram Trail, Lee, Mandarin, Atlantic Coast, University Christian, and Bolles.
JOI is proud to announce our continued sponsorship with First Place Sports for the Jacksonville Grand Prix 2019-2020. We look forward to providing a friendly resource for your orthopedic and physical therapy needs. Make sure to stop by our booth at each of the Grand Prix races which can be found here.
Matt Paulus (Site Coordinator at San Marco) and Michelle Duclos (our head ATC) were at the Celebration 5K on July 4th this past week.
The Calais Campbell JaxPAL Football Camp was a huge success this past Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Foundation, the Charles Richard Campbell (CRC) Foundation, Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub, Microsoft, The Solution Dynamics (TSD), the Jacksonville Jaguars, Mojo Kitchen, and the Jacksonville Police Athletic League (JaxPAL). Over 250 children of all ages attended the football camp. The Calais Campbell JaxPAL Football Camp was held at the JaxPAL Monument Center. Participants who attended the camp received a t-shirt and a memorable experience focused on improvement of football specific skills and academic achievement. The campers also were able to spend time with Calais Campbell and many of his fellow Jaguar teammates. JaxPAL is just one of the four charities the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Foundation assists on an annual basis. Numerous volunteers from JOI also helped staff the football camp.
Last Saturday’s camp was featured in a Channel 4 Positively Jax article. Read more about the camp here.
The JOI Foundation is part of JOI’s commitment to help the community in which we live. The Foundation also assists the Humane Society, The Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless and the Patrick Heinold Foundation. If you would like to learn more about the JOI Foundation or donate, please go to https://www.joionline.net/joi-foundation/.
JOI is proud to provide sports medicine coverage for the Jacksonville Armada FC. We celebrated the Armada’s last game at Patton Park on June 8th against the Storm FC, which was fitting due to the amount of rain during the game! Below is one of JOI’s physical therapists, Tiffany Patterson at the game.
Admission is FREE so please come out and support your local Soccer team!