RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AIRPLANE TRAVEL WITH BACK PAIN
Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their life and one-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. It is a growing issue in today’s society, and a main contributor is the increase in sedentary lifestyles. Back pain ranges from acute (less than 1 month) to chronic (3 months or longer) and can be described as a mild discomfort, to a constant dull achy pain, to an intense sharp pain. Most commonly the pain is attributed to mechanical issues dealing with the muscles, ligaments, joints, and/or nerves of the spine. Being aware and conscious of your daily habits that impact your back health can keep you a step ahead.
On average, over 8 million people fly each day! As more and more Americans are flying for leisure and business each year, flying with back pain needs to be considered. Traveling through busy airports and sitting on long plane rides can put an immense amount of stress and discomfort on the body. Whether you’re dealing with chronic or acute back pain, or maybe none at all, flying smart can help avoid later complications. Read below for some important ideas and tips to keep in mind the next time you prepare for take off.