Traveling when suffering from back or neck pain can be a hassle, especially when covering long distances. That is because most cars, trains, or planes do not have seats that are designed to support the natural curve of the spine. An uncomfortable sitting posture is the last thing you want. Cramped legroom can also add to the discomfort. Physicians who are members of the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral program treat various spine conditions including pain in the back or neck. Here is a list of five tips that can help limit your pain while on a road trip. Read on.

1.Pack Light

First thing’s first, you need to consider your luggage. The first step towards managing back and neck pain when traveling is to pack light. If your luggage is heavy, carrying it can stress your shoulders and neck. To avoid aggravating you back and neck, only carry essential items and buy luggage bags on wheels. Your handbag is the only thing you need on you at all times, which is why it should be light and easy to carry.

2.Carry Back and Neck Support

Whenever packing for a trip, make sure to carry some back support. Carry a back roll, or ask for extra pillows to support your back and avoid slouching. You may also carry an inflatable neck rest to support your neck and avoid cervical pain. Proper back and neck support facilitates an upright posture and prevents pain.

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3.Move Around Whenever Possible

Sitting for long hours can put stress on your lower back, especially if have a back-related problem. This increases back and neck pain and makes your journey uncomfortable. No matter the mode of transport, you should get up at least once every hour and move around. This will help you stretch your back and regulate blood flow throughout the body.

4.Heat/Cold Therapy Helps

Heat and cold therapy can help you throughout the journey, if applied in the correct order. At the start of the journey, apply heat therapy to loosen up your muscles and avoid any stiffness on the road. After a few hours, apply cold therapy to relieve any pain resulting from prolonged sitting. You can carry frozen gel packs or buy disposable heat wraps.

5.Carry Emergency Pain Relief Medication

If all other back and neck pain relief measures fail, taking oral pain-relief medicines may help provide relief. Many OTC pain-relief medications can help in decreasing pain and discomfort in the neck and back.

Planning a Trip Anytime Soon?

If you are suffering from neck and back pain, and planning a long trip, consider all the above-mentioned tips. If you have chronic pain, call the referral line at the Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center of Plano before you travel to schedule an appointment with a participating physician. The participating physicians provide back and neck pain treatment options. To book a consultation, fill out our contact form mentioning your problem, and we will get back in touch to you, shortly. You can also call us at 1-888-608-4762.

Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.