April is almost over, and that means that the kids are almost done with school for the year and warmer weather will soon be here to stay. Once May is here, your mind likely turns to summer vacation plans (if it hasn’t already), and you begin thinking about where you will go this year. However, if chronic back pain is impacting your life now, how much more will it when you travel this summer? At the Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) in Loveland, we can find the source of your back pain and provide expert treatment.
What Can Make Pain Worse?
There are several things that can make back pain worse during vacation, including sitting for long periods of time and sleeping on a different bed. Travel requires you to sit on a plane or in a car for at least a few hours, and that can exacerbate your discomfort. If you’re traveling to a different time zone, your sleep schedule could be thrown off, not to mention you’re not sleeping in your own bed with your own mattress. Planning for this can help you avoid a stiff back in the morning, and it’s good to do your research for hotels and AirBnB’s with comfy beds.
Your summer travel plans may include outdoor sporting events or amusement parks, both of which can be great fun, but can also pose a great risk to your spine. Bleachers and stadium seats aren’t usually the most comfortable, and the jarring motion of a rollercoaster can leave you feeling worse than you did before you left on your trip. Our doctors will gladly speak with you about how to care for your back while you’re traveling and what activities you may need to avoid.
What Can Make Pain Better?
There are ways you can make your travel and vacation more enjoyable, and ways you can minimize your back pain. Finding a suitable cushion can make your car ride much more pleasant, and if you’re driving all the way to your destination, consider switching off who’s driving so you can recline in the passenger seat. If you’re flying, consider upgrading your seat to one with extra legroom or the exit row so you have room to stretch your legs and back. With both driving and flying, be sure to get up and move around every so often so your back doesn’t stiffen up and keep you from enjoying the first part of your vacation. Ice packs and certain pain relievers can also help, and our doctors can recommend the best on-the-road treatments for your pain.
If you’re scheduling your summer trip in the next few weeks, and are worried about back pain slowing you down, schedule an appointment with CSI in Loveland today. We want you to look forward to your trip with anticipation, not anxiety. No matter what’s causing your pain, we’ll get to the bottom of it and provide the necessary treatment and recommendations so you can take the trip you want to take, and not have to cut anything out of your plans.