Tips for shopping with a pinched nerve

A pinched nerve can potentially make everyday life extremely difficult and painful, as even just getting out of bed can cause symptoms. However, with planning and foresight, there are many things you can do to make life easier and to avoid further worsening your condition.

When you’re shopping, for example, there are a number of steps you can take to avoid making your condition worse while still maintaining an active lifestyle.

Making shopping trips easier if you have a pinched nerve

Steps to avoid worsening pinched nerve symptoms while out shopping include:

  • Avoid carrying heavy bags. Always take advantage of store carts, both at the grocery store and in places like department stores. If carts aren’t available and you know that you’ll be purchasing a weighty item, get it at the end of your shopping trip rather than the beginning so you don’t have to carry it for the rest of the trip. Many retail stores will even hold the bags for you behind the counter while you finish your shopping so you can return later to pick them up on the way out.
  • Rest. On long shopping trips like at the mall, look for resting spots prior to starting so you can take breaks in between stores. Even if you aren’t currently feeling symptoms, being proactive and taking a short rest before you begin to experience symptoms can prevent you from reaching the point where you have to stop altogether. Many department stores also have lounge areas or armchairs near the fitting rooms and you can take a quick breather in one of these before continuing on.
  • Plan your route prior to starting. Before going to the grocery store, make a list of the items you need and plan your route around the store to avoid walking around it more than once. This technique also works for malls and department stores. If you know what stores or sections you’ll be visiting, go to them in order of their distance from one another rather than walking back and forth across the mall or store multiple times.
  • Accept help from store associates. Grocery stores aren’t the only ones that offer employees to help you carry your bags to the car. Many types of stores will provide employees to assist customers with carrying items to a vehicle, so be sure to ask for help if you need it.

Learn more about pinched nerve treatment

For more information on dealing with symptoms of a pinched nerve and the surgical treatment options performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us. By using muscle-sparing techniques, we’re able to provider a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^

We will gladly provide a free MRI review* to help you find out if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.

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