Updated 18 January 2017

Arthritis and weather

Ever wondered why so many people retire to places with great weather? It could be that it’s easier on their arthritis than living in Greenland.


Most arthritis sufferers find that warm weather or a mild climate makes living with their ailment much easier than places where it freezes at night.

Many people also find that wearing a jersey and not sitting in a chilly draught will help ward off stiffness and pain.

Wearing several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than a single, massive jacket.

Exercise is a useful way to relieve joints of stiffness, but if the cold gets to you, join a gym and concentrate on strength exercises, or do water aerobics in a heated pool.

It’s probably less fun than being outside, but you can go walking in your local mall.

You probably know that your body loses most of its heat though your head, so wear a hat outdoors. No-one will laugh at you for using a hot water bottle or bed socks at night. And keep taking your medication.

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Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

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