Why the Cold Makes Carpal Tunnel Worse & What You Can Do

cold weather carpal tunnelHave you ever heard someone say that a cold rain aggravates their joints, especially if they’ve had a previous injury? The same could be true of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms in cold weather. Let’s take a look at why this might be the case and what you can do to help better manage your symptoms.

Carpal Tunnel and Cold Weather

Although researchers are still not entirely sure why cold weather seems to have a negative effect on joint pain, there are a few notable possibilities. The first is that cold temperatures restrict blood flow, which can worsen signs of carpal tunnel, arthritis and other similar conditions.

The second possibility is that changes in barometric pressure that come along with colder weather could cause muscle tissue to expand, which may put added pressure on the median nerve that runs up your forearm and through the center of your wrist. When this nerve becomes pinched or pressured, carpal tunnel symptoms can flare up.

Barometric pressure typically fluctuates before and after a storm, which could be why the rain and snow seem to aggravate joint pain.

Tips for Relieving Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

If you’re struggling to manage your carpal tunnel syndrome in cold weather, consider these tips to help offer some relief:*

  • Wear warm gloves or mittens when outdoors.
  • Move your hands and fingers to promote healthy blood circulation.
  • Wear a supportive wrist brace when working on the computer or performing other repetitive activities involving your hands and wrists.
  • Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon who focuses on hand surgeries.

*This information is for education only and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.


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