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Prepare Joint Care Before You Travel

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Posted: Jul 1, 2022 | by admin | 0 Comment

pexels-asad-photo-maldives-1591373Summer is a busy time for travelers. This year, after lengthy lockdowns and other restrictions, it stands to reason that more people will be on the road or in the air for a proper vacation. If you have put off a trip in the last few years and are ready to explore, have fun! Be sure also to take precautions so as not to exacerbate your joint pain.

Be Prepared

Heading to a beach resort, a theme park, or multiple attractions in a big city? Your destination will determine the essentials required to minimize your joint discomfort so it doesn’t spoil your vacation. If you take prescription medications for your arthritis or back pain, make sure you have enough for the duration of your travel in the event you aren’t able to reach a pharmacy. Keep comfort items like hand warmers, ergonomic pillows, and walking sticks close for when you need them.

Call Ahead

While spontaneity on a trip invites adventure, it’s also important to check venues in advance so you’re never at a health risk. If diet is a factor in joint irritation, check all potential restaurant menus for gluten-free or other options to help. If you require a hotel room with special fixtures, ask about reserving a lower-floor, ADA compliment space. If flying, don’t be afraid to ask the airline for wheelchair assistance if long-distance airport walking is an issue.

Pace Yourself

Vacations are meant for rest, so relax! While you may have an itinerary of museums and attractions to see while you’re away from home, you will find you enjoy travel more when you’re not in pain. Walking is great exercise for relieving lower joint stiffness, for example, but don’t feel as though you’re in a race. Walk at a pace comfortable for you, take your time and appreciate the sights. If your body tells you to rest for a few minutes, listen.

Before you leave or after your return, if ever you need further assistance improving your quality of life the physicians and therapists at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists are available. Contact us today to learn more about our minimally invasive procedures for joint and back pain relief.


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