It’s the Holiday season, which means it’s also the busiest travel time of the year. Unfortunately for those suffering from chronic joint discomfort, visiting friends and loved ones or getting away for a bit also goes hand in hand with cramped airplane rides, long hours on their feet, and more walking than usual among other inconveniences. However, there are ways to manage the discomfort and cope with joint discomfort while traveling.
Whether you’re traveling for the holidays or just spending more time out and about, dealing with joint discomfort can be a challenge. But with these tips, you can cope with your symptoms and enjoy the festivities to the fullest:
1. Pay attention to your body. If you start to feel any new or unfamiliar aches, don’t ignore them. Instead, take time to rest and give your joints a chance to recover as soon as you can.
2. In conjunction with the first tip, while making travel plans, be sure to set aside some extra time for frequent breaks so you can give your joints some rest. By doing so, you’ll be able to prevent overworking them.
3. Stay hydrated. Keeping well-hydrated is key for preventing inflammation in the body and can also help ease any discomfort you might feel.
4. Come prepared with ice packs or heating pads. Whether it’s an aching knee or an aching back, having the right tools on hand can help reduce discomfort.
5. Consider talking to your doctor about pain-relief options that may be helpful for addressing your symptoms during this busy travel time. They may also have other tips and suggestions for managing joint discomfort while traveling.
Here at Syracuse Area Health – Strasburger Orthopaedics, we have many options for managing joint discomfort that may last throughout your entire trip and even well after. Learn more by visiting our conditions and care page.
With these tips and the help of your doctor, you can cope with joint discomfort while traveling during the holidays. And if your symptoms are severe or persistent, don’t hesitate to set up a consultation with Dr. Strasburger for additional advice and support.
We wish you safe travels and a happy Holiday season!