Tips for Traveling with Chronic Pain

Tips for Traveling with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain from any source can make living daily life a challenge. When it’s time to travel, whether, for business or enjoyment, you might be thinking about the ways that you can best manage that pain and remain comfortable on the go. Our chronic pain specialists at Pain Control Associates, LLC can help you come up with effective strategies to manage your long-term symptoms, so you can travel this spring break without the worry.

What Causes Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is any sort of pain that lasts for more than three months. The first step in treatment for chronic pain is to determine the source, which will vary from person to person. Some of the most common causes include arthritis, back and neck pain, cancer, migraine headaches, long-term muscle conditions, or nerve damage. 

If you’re experiencing chronic pain, know that you aren’t alone. According to the Cleveland Clinic, approximately 25% of U.S. adults experience some form of chronic pain. At your first pain management appointment with Pain Control Associates, LLC, we’ll discuss your symptoms and medical history with you to come up with an appropriate treatment for the condition you are experiencing. 

Traveling with Chronic Pain

Being able to travel for work, vacation, or visiting family can be an important part of life. However, if you’re living with chronic pain, you may need to make special considerations for your condition as you go. On a long journey, the right accommodations can make all the difference in how you feel along the way. 

Travel by car: For many people, traveling by car is the most comfortable way to go. Traveling by car allows you to know ahead of time that you will be comfortable on the trip and be able to pace yourself, stopping to rest or walk around whenever necessary. Some people also find that driving is a good distraction from their discomfort.

Plan for busy airports: Even when flying or using public transportation, there are things you can do to make the experience more comfortable. For instance, you can book an extra seat on a plane to give yourself more room or arrange for a wheelchair to reduce stress when navigating a busy airport. 

Be prepared: When traveling with a chronic illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes taking any medication as directed, having the right medical supplies on hand, and knowing ahead of time how to receive care if the unexpected arises. 

Don’t overdo it: While sightseeing is a fun part of any trip, know how to pace yourself so that you can best enjoy each part of the journey. A healthcare provider can discuss your plans with you ahead of time and help address any concerns you might have. 

Expert Pain Management with Pain Control Associates

If you’re preparing for a trip, don’t delay. With the right accommodations, your upcoming journey can be made comfortable and worry-free. Our physicians at Pain Control Associates, LLC offer the highest quality of service to help get your pain under control at home and on the go. To learn more, contact us today. 


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