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How to manage osteoporosis while travelling

How to manage osteoporosis while travelling

Osteoporosis can be a debilitating condition, but as long as you’re willing to take the appropriate measures there’s no reason it should restrict your travel plans.

Here are some simple, effective ways to manage osteoporosis while travelling.

1. Discuss your needs and limitations

Before you book anything it’s important to understand exactly what sort of trip you have capacity to take. Because of this, it’s essential to have a frank conversation with your doctor, who can determine your fitness to travel and any medical needs or measures you’ll need to take into consideration once you’ve reached your destination.

When booking your trip make sure your travel agent is aware of your condition, as well as any airline, hotel, cruise ship or tour company you make arrangements with.

2. Plan, pack and prepare

When working out an itinerary, be realistic and try and avoid circumstances where the risk of falls and injury are high. Make sure you’ve packed any necessary medication, as well as assistance devices like medical walkers, walking sticks and wheelchairs, but prepare to navigate infrastructure that might not be as well-maintained.

3. Try and take it easy, and enjoy your trip

While a whirlwind backpacking trip taking in 12 European countries in two weeks was fun as a teenager, now it’s simply not as realistic. Try to take care when partaking in activities that might lead to falls and injuries, like tours, hikes, sporting activities, dancing, even when you’re partaking in liquor it pays to be wary of the risks.

4. Make sure you have decent coverage

When travelling you never know what’s around the bend, which is why it’s so important to make sure you have sufficient travel insurance. By having a decent level of coverage you can tailor to your circumstances you can be sure that if something does go wrong while you’ve travelling overseas, you will be in a decent position to cope.

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