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Three tips for traveling after collapsed disc surgery

Many people travel across states and countries to receive the most advanced options for spine surgery from the most experienced surgeons. While traveling with neck and back pain is difficult, traveling after spine surgery needs to be handled with extra precaution.

At USA Spine Care, we understand the necessity of traveling after collapsed disc surgery and other spine procedures. While you should always talk to your surgeon for specific recommendations about how to travel after your collapsed disc surgery, we’ve compiled three general tips to help patients travel with the most comfort possible after undergoing surgery. Take a moment to review our three tips below:

  1. Make sure you have your pain medication. Even minimally invasive spine surgery can be stressful on the body, and you will likely be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate some of your pain as your body heals. Before you begin traveling after collapsed disc surgery, make sure you have your pain medication available to you so you don’t miss a dosage during your travels. Do not take more than prescribed.
  2. Move around. Sitting in one position for too long is one of the pitfalls of traveling after collapsed disc surgery. If you’re flying, try to get up and walk the aisle of the plane every 30 minutes or so to loosen your neck and back muscles. If you’re riding in a car, plan rest stops along the way so you can walk around and stretch your body.
  3. Bring a comfortable pillow. Trying to rest in an airplane or car is difficult, and certain positions can strain the muscles surrounding your spine. If you’re traveling after a collapsed disc surgery, be sure to bring a comfortable pillow to help you rest without holding your core muscles and spine in an awkward position.

For more information about what to expect after collapsed disc surgery, contact USA Spine Care. Our team can guide you through what to expect during your recovery process and answer any other questions you may have. If you are considering surgery and want to find out if you’re a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure, we offer a no-cost MRI review* to help you find out.

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