If you plan on traveling this summer and deal with joint pain, flying on a plane could end up being an uncomfortable experience. However, there are ways to ease joint pain, so that you can enjoy your flight and feel more comfortable, no matter how long you’ll be in the air. Keep the following tips in mind for managing joint pain while flying on an airplane this summer.
Exercise Before Your Flight
Doing stretches before getting on a plane can help relieve joint pain and stiffness. Do simple stretches that won’t leave you feeling sore. You can also do other kinds of exercises before heading to the airport, such as a gentle yoga session or a quick swim in the pool. If you’re not used to exercising, you should stick to a few simple stretches rather than an entire workout routine prior to your flight.
Use the Right Suitcase
The suitcase you bring with you could irritate your joints more, which can lead to a miserable flight. Choose a suitcase with wheels that you can pull around, rather than one that you have to lift and carry. A suitcase with handles that extend is an even better choice, since it won’t strain your back or other joints as much. Try to pack light, so you won’t have to pull a heavy suitcase around at the airport.
Walk Around a Bit
If you have a longer flight, joint pain and stiffness could flare up more while you’re sitting for long periods of time. If possible, get up and walk around from time to time during your flight to help prevent stiff, sore joints.
Opt for More Space
When buying your plane tickets, try to get seats that offer more legroom if your knees usually ache. This provides you with more space to stretch your legs during your flight, which can help ease joint pain in your knees. These seats might cost a bit extra, but the added legroom can make your flight more comfortable.
Support Sore Joints
Bring something to support your joints during your flight, such as a pillow for back pain or a brace to wear on your knee. Having this kind of support might help ease soreness in the affected joints.
Bring Pain Relievers with You
Make sure you have over-the-counter pain relievers with you in your carry-on bag or purse. Don’t put them in any luggage that’s being checked in, or you won’t have access to them during your flight. Having them in your purse or carry-on bag means you can take this medication if needed while flying.
Bring a Cold Pack or Heat Wrap
Apply cold or heat to sore joints as needed for relief during your flight. These items provide a convenient way to use cold or heat therapy while flying.
If you have an upcoming trip and need relief for joint pain, please contact Huntington Orthopedics. We can help you schedule an appointment and evaluate the affected joints to come up with a treatment plan.