For many of us, we are in the home stretch of summer 2014. Vacations have probably come and gone, and the realization of school is starting to set in. Maybe you have one last hoorah with your family before the dreaded school year starts, and maybe these last summer plans include a trip to the theme park. If you suffer from back pain or neck pain, the theme park seems like a nightmare. However, with these helpful tips from American Spine, you can still have fun with your friends and family.
At American Spine, we not only provide an array of treatment options for multiple chronic pain conditions, we provide patients with the tools they need to stay involved with family activities and social functions with their friends. With three locations in California, American Spine is the best chronic pain treatment center on the entire west coast.
- Talk to Dr. Sial, Dr. Kelling or Dr. Fisher. Before you engage in any strenuous activity, talk to your pain specialist first. The American Spine physicians can recommend treatments or therapies that can help relieve your pain before, during, and after your theme park experience.
- Talk to Your Friends and Family. Be transparent and don’t try to hide your pain in the wake of everyone else’s good time. If they are your true friends, they will understand and accommodate other games/rides that will not irritate your pain
- Avoid Inflammation Food Temptations. Theme parks would be incomplete without various cotton candy/funnel cake/ greasy food stands. However, excessive fried foods, sodium, and sugar can inflate your joints and cause excruciating pain. Pack water and snacks to take into the park with your to avoid the theme park food temptations.
- Come Prepared. Make sure that you have your bags packed for any situation. Have anti-inflammatory medication, hot and cold packs, plenty of water, and a pair of good shoes for walking all day. Talk to your doctor about other essentials that you should take along with you.
- Stretch and Rest Often. Long lines and whiplashing rides can surely take a toll on your body. Don’t be afraid to sit a ride or two out. Incorporate stretches during your day, too, to relieve stress in the muscles of your back and neck.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
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