Tips on touring Philadelphia without chronic back pain

Tips on touring Philadelphia without chronic back painWith the beautiful weather and changing leaves, fall is prime time for sightseeing in Philadelphia. Not only are there fewer crowds at major tourist destinations such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, but also at lesser-known spots such as the Reading Terminal Market, Fairmount Park, Eakins Oval, Penn’s Landing, Longwood Gardens and Carpenter’s Hall.

No matter what attractions are on your schedule, the following tips can help you keep your back pain symptoms under control so you can make the most of your sightseeing days:

  • Don’t overschedule yourself. It can be helpful to schedule your day to see several nearby attractions in one go, but it’s also important not to pack too many Tips on touring Philadelphia without chronic back painactivities into one day. Know how long you can spend on your feet before your back pain typically begins, and make sure to plan your day accordingly.
  • Dress for success. Your shoes can make a huge difference in your comfort level. Skip the sandals in favor of something more supportive. Well-cushioned sneakers or orthopedic walking shoes are ideal.
  • Pack only the essentials. Excess weight — even in the form of a heavy backpack or purse — increases the amount of strain on your spine. Whenever possible, bring along only the essentials, which may include your wallet, phone, and keys, as well as a single dose of ibuprofen or other pain medication and a water bottle to help you stay hydrated. After several hours of sightseeing, you’ll notice a significant difference in how you feel if you aren’t carrying along a heavy bag.

When you’re dealing with chronic back pain, it’s understandable to want to skip the sightseeing in favor of resting on the couch. However, the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Pain Society (APS) notes that individuals with back pain should be strongly advised to remain active. Getting up and about — even if only for a few hours — can help prevent the muscles from becoming stiff and inflexible. Exploring sights throughout the city is a fun way to meet your physical activity goals while seeing something new and spending time with friends or family.

If you’ve tried numerous treatments for your back pain but have not met your pain relief goals, Laser Spine Institute may be able to help. You may be a candidate for our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that have helped more than 60,000 people get their lives back from chronic pain. To learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

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