Can the weather influence arthritis symptoms?

Wai Chin LI, Ye ZHANG

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Abstract

By reviewing twelve previous studies on the relationship between the weather and arthritis symptoms, this article summarized the major findings on this controversial topic. It has been supported by most of the studies that arthritis symptoms are associated with weather conditions. Factors such as barometric pressure and temperature were generally believed to be related to arthritis symptoms. However, controversies arose at minor levels. Whether the weather-symptom relationship depends on the specific type of arthritis, weather variables, demographic and pathological heterogeneity of the patients is still a matter of debate. This article calls for standardization in future research design, and hope the mechanism underlying the weather-symptom association will be found. Copyright © 2014 W.C. Li and Y. Zhang.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-20
JournalRheumatology Reports
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

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Citation

Li, W. C., & Zhang, Y. (2014). Can the weather influence arthritis symptoms? Rheumatology reports, 6(1), 16-20.

Keywords

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Barometric pressure
  • Meteorology