10 july 2014
Australian researchers had collected the data of about 1,000 people. They all went to primary care clinics for acute low back pain. The weather conditions at the day of pain initiation and a week and month before initiation were recorded for each patient.
The results showed that there was no connection of back pain with air pressure, temperature, humidity, precipitation or wind direction. There is the chance that wind speeds slightly impact the lower back pain but there is no clinical proof of it.
“Many patients believe that weather impacts their pain symptoms. However, there are few robust studies investigating weather and pain, specifically research that does not rely on patient recall of the weather,” said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Steffens, of the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney.
“Our findings refute previously held beliefs that certain common weather conditions increase risk of lower back pain,” Steffens said.
Previous studies showed that humid or cold weather are responsible for worsening back pain symptoms but this study showed that there’s no link between weather conditions and back pain.