Gradually, businesses that closed or offered limited services during the pandemic are reopening their doors and/ relaxing restrictions. Phasic plans to allow people back into parks, stores, and other large spaces have been met with mixed reactions, however. If you do not feel ready to re-enter certain parts of society, be it due to joint pain or other health factors, you may opt to continue self-isolation to be safe.
If leaving the house becomes a necessity, you should continue safety measures to reduce the risk of getting sick while maintaining joint health. Consider these points as you decide whether or not to leave home:
- Are you able to accomplish this task via online conferencing or local delivery?
- How long do you expect to be away from home?
- How far do you have to drive?
- How many trips do you need to make?
- Do you foresee any difficulties with regards to joint aches and stiffness while you’re out?
While cities reopen, it doesn’t necessarily mean we are out of the woods where COVID-19 is concerned. Even if you are not exposed to the virus after a short trip, leaving your house could pose some risks. Slowed flow at grocery checkout lanes and queued lines at restaurants may leave you standing longer than unusual. Added stress connected to running errands may exacerbate flare-ups in your fingers, knees, and other joints as well. When it comes to your overall health, use your best judgement when planning your own entry into a post-pandemic life.
At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, our therapists and physicians help patients with treatments to maintain good quality of life. Contact us today for more information on improving joint health through minimally-invasive treatments and other programs.