Travel can be trying for someone with arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Lengthy walks through airports or crowded tourist spots along with extended periods sitting in a car or on a plane can exacerbate painful symptoms.
Arthritis results from the inflammation of joints and can cause swelling and also stiffness in bones and surrounding tissue. Add sweltering heat to the mix and it can mean downright discomfort!
If you have a summer sojourn coming up, Texas Orthopedics recommends the following five tips for those with arthritis:
- Take breaks from either standing/walking or sitting too much by doing the opposite while adding in some light stretches.
- Use a scooter or wheelchair instead of logging long distances by foot.
- Pack lightly and invest in luggage with wheels for easy maneuverability.
- Consider hotels that have a pool or hot tub to soothe aches and pains after a day of sightseeing.
- Bring knee/arm braces, orthopedic shoe supports, bandages, hot/cold packs, therapeutic tapes or anything else typically used for comfort.
And don’t forget to pack all of your regular prescriptions or any anti-inflammatory medications.
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) also has helpful tips for traveling with an illness or disability.
Please contact us if you have any concerns about your mobility and upcoming travel. Bon voyage!
(Adapted from Healthline)