Going to see a new movie can be an extremely enjoyable experience, but for those with a ruptured disc, it can also be a painful one. The symptoms of a ruptured disc can make sitting uncomfortable, but there are many things you can do to alleviate this discomfort and make going to the movies a fun pastime again.
Here are some simple ways to make a visit to the movie theater a less painful experience:
- Wear a hot/cold therapy patch – When you’re sitting for a long period of time, having a pain-relieving patch can make a big difference. Put one on before you go into the movie theater so that it will last through the movie.
- Plan to take any pain medication before the movie – If you’re currently taking prescription or over-the-counter pain medicine, take it 30 minutes before the movie to give it time to “kick in.” If you have specific times you must take medication, then look at movie showings around those times.
- Choose an aisle seat – Sit by the aisle when possible so that you can get up and stretch your legs easily and without disturbing fellow moviegoers.
- Look for restrooms – Locate the restrooms before you go into the theater, and make a mental note in case you have to go during the show. It’s also not a bad idea to visit the restroom before going into the theater to avoid having to get up in the middle of the movie.
For more tips on going to the movies with a ruptured disc, or to learn about the minimally invasive spinal procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us. We’ll review your MRI or CT scan and let you know if you’re a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.