Knee Pain During Winter? Here’s Why(2023)


A majority of runners experience a hike in knee troubles and injuries during the winter season. Here’s why:

1. Cold and humidity

Low temperature and high humidity in the air may induce knee pain. These two changes in our surroundings impact the cellular structure of our joints which causes them to contract and expand thus, making us go through an unpleasant tingling and pain in the knees.

2. Thick synovial fluid

Drop in the temperature may cause the fluid in our knees to thicken causing this sensation of stiffness in the joints. From absorbing shock while running to reducing friction in regular movements, synovial fluid in our joints serves a principal role in our body’s daily functioning.

3. Nerve sensitivity

If you’ve dealt with a knee injury in the past, winter may worsen the issue further. People with a history of knee injuries experience inflammation, scarring and sensitivity on the nerves during winter. Running during winter may further alleviate the sensitivity in the nerves.

Running is important. But running with the right form is even more important. 

4. Barometric pressure

Barometric pressure plays a big role in agitating our knee pains. When the temperature drops,  the barometric pressure of the air rises up. This phenomena causes the fluid and gases in our knees to expand and cause aching knees.

If you want to stay fit by running each day, you need to ensure that your knees are prepared for the winter. This will avoid frequent knee pains and help you stay away from the risk of knee injuries.

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