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