Arthritis is a chronic condition characterized by pain and inflammation in the joints. Several medications are available to ease symptoms, and many sufferers manage symptoms with home remedies. But if arthritis does not improve, and you live in a colder climate, moving to a warmer climate might improve your condition.
It is important to understand that there is no cure for arthritis. While the disease can enter periods of remission, it never completely goes away. Moving to a warmer climate can help because cold temperatures tend to aggravate arthritis. In fact, some sufferers notice an increase in pain during the fall and winter months. Heat from a shower or heating pad relaxes joints and muscles, thus alleviating pain. Some doctors — and patients — believe that warm climates have a similar effect on the joints.
If you can’t reduce your arthritis pain, consider the possibility of moving to a warmer climate. With less pain you can increase your activity level and get the most out of life.