View Full Version : Weather & joint pain/stiffness

06-23-1998, 09:12 PM
This is a timely discussion as I have been working at a physical therapy clinic
this summer and have noted the number of patients who relate their discomfort to
the weather. One patient brought in a summary of an article from the NY Times
dated April 3rd 1996 that discussed a study (sorry, no reference available) by
a psychologist named Tversky and an internist at the U. of Toronto named
Redelmeir. They followed 18 arthritic patients for 15 months assessing pain,
joint tenderness, and functional status along with weather information. Their
conclusion was that weather did not influence patient's symptomology.

John A. Sigg
Ithaca College

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