Study finds lower back pain not tied to weather
Challenging conventional wisdom, a new study, published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, suggests there’s no link between episodes of lower back pain and element of weathers, including humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation.
For their study, scientists from Sydney, Australia analyzed data from nearly 1,000 people who went to the doctor within a few days of experiencing sudden lower back pain. The researchers then compared weather conditions from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology at the time people experienced back pain to weather conditions one week and one month prior, when the participants were pain-free. The only correlation they found was with higher wind speeds. Higher wind speeds and wind gusts did seem to slightly increase the chances of experiencing back pain, but not enough to have a meaningful impact.
While the findings refute previously held beliefs that weather conditions can increase risk of lower back pain, the research did not address the potential impact of weather conditions on other diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.