Tips for Traveling with a Bulging Disc

Going on a Roadtrip Soon?

For patients coping with a bulging disc, prolonged sitting can be an ordeal. It puts pressure on the muscles and discs of the spine, causes tendons and ligaments to stiffen, and encourages slouching, which puts additional strain on the neck and back. This makes traveling by car a real challenge for anyone coping with a bulging disc. The good news is that by taking a few precautions and preparing carefully for your trip, you can minimize your discomfort while on the road.

Assemble a Kit for Bulging Disc Pain

Before setting off, pack a bag dedicated solely to products that will help alleviate your discomfort while in the car, and keep this kit next to you during the trip. That way, everything you need will be within easy reach. A few of the items to keep handy include:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs — such as aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen to reduce swelling and provide pain relief
  • A heating pad or chemical heat packs— to relax muscles
  • Cold packs — to reduce inflammation and numb sore tissue
  • A car seat cushion — to minimize the effects of bumping and jarring
  • A lumbar or neck pillow — to provide additional support and stabilization

On the Road with a Bulging Disc

Packing a kit is one tip for traveling by car with a bulging disc. Here are three more:

  • Remove anything from your pockets that could throw your spine out of alignment — such as a cell phone or thick wallet.
  • Try to maintain a sitting position that keeps your legs at a 90-degree angle — as this will reduce stress on your lower back.
  • Take frequent breaks so you can get out of the car and move around — to prevent muscles, ligaments and tendons from stiffening up. The more breaks the better, but even a five-minute respite every 90 minutes can reduce discomfort.

BEST Health System

IIf you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc and are still experiencing chronic pain despite months of conservative treatment, it may be time to consider a surgical alternative. At BEST Health System, our procedures require a less than 1-inch incision and use muscle-sparing techniques to provide lasting relief from symptoms caused by a number of spine conditions, including bulging discs. Contact our team today.