Traveling with Back Pain

Traveling with Back Pain


Hi I’m dr. John Shim. Today I want to
answer questions about advice people asked me about back pain and air travel.
We all live very busy lives now and we travel a lot. The statistic is 1.7
million Americans daily get on a plane to travel. Most of the time for business
but there are family milestones, sickness other issues that make you get on that
plane. When you have back pain it’s never at an opportune moment, it always affects
you while you’re in the midst of something important so you need to learn
how to adjust your back pain to your travel. So these are some common advices
I give to my patients. Number one book your flights as early as possible and
get an aisle seat. That aisle seat will be very important for you to be able to get
up and out of your chair relatively quickly without too much pain. Number two,
get TSA PreCheck. It speeds your passage through the airport and you don’t have
to take off your shoes and some of your outerwear when you go through the
screening process. Number three, pack light. Very obvious you
don’t want to carry heavy things. Number four, if you can, send your luggage ahead.
There are many services now that will deliver your luggage to your
destination. Number five, decide now if you’re gonna go on a long direct flight
or if you want to break up your flight into smaller segments to allow you to
get out of the plane. Number six, get to the airport early you
do not want to be rushed especially if your back hurts.
Number seven, put your medications on carry-on if you put it in checked bags
and don’t have access it can be a problem
and make sure to bring your prescription bottle especially if you’re overseas. If
you don’t have the right prescription strength bottle and you just have these
loose standing pills it can cause you a problem. Number eight, wear easy slip-on
shoes. It allows you to slip on without laces you don’t have to bend over. Number
nine bring, a small towel to use as a lumbar roll. Number ten, once in the air,
this is why it’s important get an aisle seat, get up every 30 minutes stretch
walk around if you can. Number eleven, time your bathroom breaks to make sure
you don’t have to go too often and control your hydration. In the ideal
perfect world we don’t have to get on the plane but we do not live in that
world we live in a realistic world where life interferes with our back pain
episodes and we must accommodate them. This is Dr. Shim, talking about air
travel on back pain I hope this was helpful. Thank you.

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