As the weather warms, so does the desire to spend more time outdoors. June is National Camping Month, an ideal time to enjoy a weekend at a state or national park with friends or family. If you are dealing with arthritis or another type of joint pain, however, you may be reluctant to plan a lengthy outing. With proper care and preparation, you too can celebrate the month.
Setting up camp is work, but it need not frustrate you. When you think of pitching a tent, wrestling with poles and stakes may come to mind – and your joints might flare at the thought. Shop around for equipment that you can manage – tents designed to open easily, ergonomic camping chairs and easy-to-hold cooking utensils. Introduce comfort into your outdoor space to make for a fun trip.
Watch for ticks.
If you choose a commercial campground instead of a primitive spot in a state park, you still run the risk of insect bites. Outside is outside, and you want to watch out for deer ticks. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about three hundred thousand people are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually. A tick bite could exacerbate existing arthritis or cause flare-ups in people who don’t normally suffer joint pain.
Pack a safe repellent that keeps away the ticks and apply regularly, especially before hikes in the deep woods. It’s also important to check yourself, camp mates, and accompanying pets for ticks. Check especially behind the ears and the bends at the elbows and knees.
At Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists, we are dedicated to helping our patients manage joint pain and maintain a high quality of life. If you enjoy camping and other outdoor activities, our physicians and staff will work with you to help you make the most of the activities you enjoy. Contact us today to learn more about our therapies and services.