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Joint Pain During The Winter

Have your joints started to feel stiff since the cold weather has started? You may have noticed clicks and cracks coming from your joints and you can't put your finger on why it is happening to you. This time of the year, joint pain is one of the most common things we see and treat here at Functional Advantage Physical Therapy. It may not be painful at first but as time goes on your joints start to ache a bit more and it starts to become more and more painful. Some common things we hear is that walking around shops or getting back up after relaxing in your favorite chair can cause aches and stiffness in joints. Even getting in and out of your car may become more difficult. So why does this happen during the winter? One reason why you may be experiencing these aches and pains is that cold weather naturally restricts the warmth of the blood that flows around your body, which helps keep you warm and mobile. 

Another common reason is the fact that we are less likely to stay as active during the winter months than we were during the warmer months. The less active you are in the winter the more likely your joints are going to stiffen up. 

Some ideas to stay active inside include attending an exercise class, going to the gym, or walking at the mall. Whatever you chose to do, make sure to stay mobile and active every day to loosen up those joints that have been giving you issues. 

Neil Sauer

Neil Sauer

Physical Therapist, Certified Health Coach and company owner Neil Sauer graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science. During that time he played four years of collegiate soccer. Neil earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2006. He has taken continuing education courses for Stanley Paris manual therapy techniques and a Gary Gray Functional Training course. He has also taken selective functional movement assessment courses with the North American Sports Medical Institute (NASMI). Neil’s treatment philosophy goes beyond reducing pain and restoring motion/mobility. He has a passion for health and wellness and for improving the quality of life of his clients, and works holistically with them to ensure their injuries do not reoccur and that his clients enjoy optimal functionality. He strives to help his patients live more active, mobile and healthy lives knowing that they don’t have to rely on pain medications, injections or surgery. In his personal life, he is married and has two sons. During spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, spending time outdoors and leading an active and healthy life. Neil also likes to read as much as possible when he finds/makes time. He primarily reads books on leadership, business and special forces. An avid exercise enthusiast, he continually works to improve his own health and wellness.
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