Why does altitude change affect arthritis?

The natural progression for me to explore next seemed to be at locations in high altitude. I could find almost nothing. If you search yourself you will find the occasional forum with a few responses here or there but there is only one scientific article I could find and it is more than 30 years old. The best part of the article is that it is on our favor.

The study, Effects of high altitude stay on the incidence of common diseases in man, was published in June of 1977 and is the only such study I can find that brushes up on the effects of altitude on arthritis. Surprisingly I could find nothing else! The most amazing part of the study is that in higher altitudes many diseases, to include rheumatoid arthritis, showed that cases were “significantly lower.” So there is indeed a chance that living in a higher altitude may help your arthritis.