If you have osteoarthritis (OA), you know that winter weather is not your friend. The cold temperatures can intensify your pain leaving you feeling miserable. You don’t have to spend the long winter months in discomfort; incorporating a few simple tips can go a long way when it comes to managing your OA pain.

One of the best parts of a new season is getting a chance to pull out different wardrobe options. Hello, sweaters! Layering can do wonders when it comes to keeping you warm and keeping your OA symptoms at bay. Make sure to bundle up when you head outdoors with a warm coat and also opt for things like hats, scarves, and gloves which can also help keep you extra toasty!

Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? While getting exercise when you have OA is key and can help with pain management, spending time outdoors in the cold weather is a no-go. Consider joining a gym where you can get your exercise indoors. You might also attend fitness classes which can be a lot of fun and keep you social during the cold, dreary winter months.

During the winter months especially, we all like to cozy up with blanket. Make yours an electric blanket! There are many different options when it comes to heated blankets and they can be very effective when it comes to keeping you warm while relaxing at home or resting for a midday snooze.

While living with OA during the winter months can be a struggle, being cognizant of a few simple tips may help when it comes to pain management. Physicians at Stamford Therapeutics Consortium are currently enrolling in research studies that could help those with OA. Qualified participants may have access to potential new OA treatments, receive care from board-certified physicians and other medical staff, and may receive compensation for time and travel expenses. To learn more about these studies and to see if you qualify CLICK HERE.