Manage Back Pain: Road Trip

Even though you may be ready for some rest and relaxation, your spine may not have gotten the memo, especially if you have a history of recurring back pain. If you don’t want to spend part of your vacation finding a doctor or stuck in your hotel room with a heating pad, do some planning in advance of your getaway. Here are a few tips to make the most of your trip, presented by leading Los Angeles spine surgery center, The Spine Institute.

Put Some Thought into Your Itinerary

Just because your friends want to go skiing down snow-capped mountains doesn’t mean you should join in, especially if that’s not your normal level of fitness. Think about what you want to do on your vacation while also understanding your limits. There’s no shame in sitting out some more strenuous activities or opting for low-impact variations. If you want to be more active, prepare in advance by:

  • Getting regular daily exercise
  • Working with a physical therapist or chiropractor
  • Practicing activities you intend to participate in, if possible

Manage Your Prescriptions

Avoid the risk of running out of the medications you need to manage your back pain in advance of leaving for your vacation. Count out your pills to make sure you have enough plus a few extras just in case. Ask your doctor for prescriptions you can take with you to get filled if you happen to lose some or if your medications run out.

Coordinate with Your Hotel

Most hotels are willing to make reasonable accommodations if you make your requests in advance. Requests can range from having a wheelchair or cane at the front desk for your use to arranging for dining room seating in a spot that has more room for you to get around without twisting or turning too much. Additional travel accommodations to help with your back pain may include:

  • Closer proximity to elevators
  • Shuttle buses to reduce walking
  • Prearranged assistance with bags

Plan Your Travel Arrangements

Just getting to your vacation spot may be hard on your back. If you’re going by air, travel pillows can help ease your neck pain on long flights. Taking occasional breaks to stretch or using a neck pillow can help minimize discomfort while driving.

If chronic back pain is impeding your ability to fully enjoy everyday activities to the fullest, it may be time to consult with an experienced board-certified spine specialist in Los Angeles who can diagnose the root of your pain and identify feasible treatment options. To learn more or to schedule an in-person consultation, reach out to The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration by calling (310) 828-7757 today.