Weather not a barometer for back pain

Got a patient whose bad back ‘flares up’ in cold weather? Chances are it’s all in their head, if new research is to be believed.

The belief that the weather can influence back pain symptoms is widely held, but has now been comprehensively debunked by Sydney researchers.

Neither temperature, humidity, rain nor air pressure bore any significant relationship to pain levels, according to the study of almost 1000 primary care patients.

Oddly, only wind speed