5 Tips for Traveling with Arthritis

Posted on December 13th, 2016 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

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If you suffer from arthritis, traveling during the holiday season may be difficult. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make it a more pleasant experience. Follow these five tips from the doctors at Orthopaedic Specialty Group to make your next trip as pain-free as possible:

  • Plan ahead. Minimize the time you spend waiting in line or stuck in traffic by traveling during off-peak hours. You should also do whatever you can to make your travels as comfortable as possible; i.e. booking an aircraft seat with extra legroom, a rental car with easy access, etc.
  • Bring your medications. You never want to leave home without your pain medications, especially for several days at a time. Pack any and all medications you may need during your trip, and always keep them readily accessible.
  • Pack light. Pack only what you need, and use a roller bag for easier transport. If possible, have someone assist you when moving your luggage.
  • Practice good posture. Whether you are moving by plane, train, or automobile, chances are you will be doing a lot of sitting during your travels. Make sure to maintain good posture (straight spine, shoulders back, knees at 90°) while you are seated to ease pressure on your joints.
  • Keep it moving. Sitting still for long periods of time can worsen joint stiffness. Make sure to stand up and walk around every 30-60 minutes to stay comfortable.


If you suffer from chronic joint pain, help is available at Orthopaedic Specialty Group. As southern Connecticut’s largest and most experienced orthopedic practice, you can count on our doctors to fix virtually every bone and joint in your body. Request an appointment online, or give us a call at (203) 337-2600.