Research supports what many people have long suspected — weather may indeed have an influence on joint pain.
When weather forecasters at the different TV stations around Louisville, Ky., claim that they have the best weather-predicting technology, orthopedic surgeon Stephen Makk, MD, MBA, gets a laugh. "I always say, instead of super-duper Doppler 8000, they should just get a room full of people with arthritis and ask 'Is it going to snow tomorrow or not?'" says Dr. Makk, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
If you have chronic knee pain, you may be familiar with aches and pains that change with the weather. If you think the weather can influence your joints, it's not just your imagination: Some research does indeed support a connection.