Can the weather really affect back pain?

Can the weather really affect back pain? For this study, almost 1000 people with back pain kept a journal of the pain events and this was correlated with weather conditions at the time they felt the pain.

Additionally, the weather conditions one week and one month before the onset of the pain were also analysed. As a result of their analysis, the researchers say there is no link between weather conditions and incidences of back pain except for one type of weather: wind.

The researchers found that an increase in wind speed of around 11km/h led to a higher risk that pain would come on within the next 24 hours, and gusts increasing by around 14km/h had a similar effect. This effect of wind was, however, only a small increase in the risk of a pain episode.

Source: Arthritis Care and Research
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