Whether you’re just running in for a T-shirt or you’re shopping for an entire new wardrobe, clothes shopping with a slipped disc can quickly turn into a long and arduous task. However, if you adhere to certain guidelines, you can make shopping a much more enjoyable experience and avoid aggravating your condition and the painful symptoms it causes.
Some things to consider when clothes shopping with a slipped disc include:
- Take note of seating – One way to avoid exacerbating your symptoms and hurting yourself is to take frequent breaks, so make a mental note of any available seating in a store. If you find yourself getting tired, find a seat and take a short break before continuing.
- Avoid busy times – Saturdays are usually very busy at clothing stores and malls, so if you can stay away from shopping at this time, do it. More seating will be available for rest breaks, you might be able to avoid waiting in line for a dressing room or cashier and you won’t have to navigate through as many people.
- Use a cart – When walking through a store and picking up items, it’s easy to suddenly find yourself carrying an armful of clothes. By proactively taking a cart when you enter a store, you can avoid putting extra pressure on your spine and your injured disc. If the store doesn’t have carts, ask a customer service representative to hold your items until you’re ready to try them on or check out.
For more tips on shopping for clothes with a slipped disc or to learn about the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us. We’ll be happy to review your MRI or CT scan to determine if you might be a candidate for one of our procedures.