Traveling can be stressful enough, and that’s only compounded when you’re trying to maintain your spinal bone spur treatment plan while on the go. If you’re driving out of town for work, you might not be able to concentrate if the neck pain or back pain from your bone spurs is bothering you. And if you’re taking a family vacation, nothing derails a good time like the tingling or muscle weakness that could be a result of nerve compression.
The best way to successfully manage your symptoms while traveling is to make sure you are fully prepared before leaving on your trip. Consider all of the situations that could possibly exacerbate your usual symptoms, such as extended periods of driving or time spent in a cramped airplane seat, and make provisions to mitigate your discomfort as best as you can. Below are a few easy tips for maintaining your spinal bone spur treatment regimen while travelling and making sure your neck pain or back pain doesn’t ruin your journey:
- Be sure to pack all medications you’re taking. If your doctor has prescribed pain medication, double check that you have enough for the duration of the trip. Should anything happen to your luggage, have the contact information of your pharmacy on hand.
- If you know you will be seated for long periods of time, especially while driving or flying on a plane, bring a therapeutic neck pillow for support. Take breaks as frequently as possible to walk and stretch your spine.
- Pack hot and/or cold compresses so that you can apply them once you arrive at your destination. Most lodgings have ice machines and in-room microwaves that you can use to prepare your compresses.
- Talk to your doctor and discuss the option of getting cortisone injections before your trip to help reduce pain and inflammation in the spine.
Some aspects of your normal spinal bone spur treatment regimen, such as physical therapy sessions or daily exercise, will likely be disrupted while you travel. Make an effort to stay as active as possible, even if that means just walking for 15 or 20 minutes or stretching your neck frequently. Your doctor may also be able to offer some advice for on-the-go treatment strategies that will help minimize your pain and keep your trip on track.