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Long-haul flights and joint pain

It can be a challenge for all of us, even at the best of times, to get and more importantly remain comfortable when flying! It’s no secret that long-haul flights can cause joint pain and muscle stiffness – so we’ve put together a seating guide and packing checklist as well as some top tips to help ease any symptoms you may experience and keep you as comfortable as possible whilst flying!

Before take-off

  • Pack Smart. Use a wheelable light-weight suitcase to reduce any heavy loads. 4 wheeled suitcases with an extendable handle are easier to move around with minimal effort.
  • Mobility Assistance. If you notify your airline 48 hours in advance, they can provide staff to help assist you with luggage and boarding to help reduce stress throughout your journey.
  • Mind Your Meds. Keep a note from your GP stating what medication you are on and your dosage. If your medication needs to be kept cool, you can notify your airline in advance so the cabin crew will be able to keep in refrigerated.
  • Book an Aisle Seat. This will enable you to get on and off the plane quicker, to move around easier and provide you with more legroom.
  • Make sure you have suitable Travel Insurance. Ensure you purchase Travel Insurance with medical conditions as soon as you book your trip.

Whilst in the air

  • Joint Support & Travel Accessories.  To try and make your flight as pain-free an experience as possible, take a lower back and neck support pillow. In compliance with the liquid limitation, you may also be able to take travel-sized cooling gel to help ease any pain.
  • Stay Hydrated. Dehydration can make the symptoms of arthritis worse. It is important to drink plenty of water when flying and limit your alcohol intake as alcohol can increase dehydration levels.
  • Get up and walk around. Sitting for a long period of time can be counterproductive to arthritis treatments. By walking around the plane throughout your flight can help to stimulate your muscles and keep your joints mobile.

How to buy Travel Insurance if Arthritis is causing your joint pain

Did you know in the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints?  If you are living with Arthritis it’s important to buy comprehensive Arthritis Travel Insurance.

Benefits of AllClear Cover

Gold Gold Plus Platinum
Emergency medical expenses and Repatriation costs Up to £10m Up to £15m Unlimited
Cancellation* and Curtailment Up to £2k Up to £15k Up to £25k
Travel Delay Up to £300 Up to £1,500 Up to £1,500
Recuperation stay
Personal Belongings Up to £2k Up to £2.5k Up to £3k
Personal liability Up to £2m Up to £2m Up to £2m
Legal protection cover Up to £50k Up to £50k Up to £100k
* If you buy a policy which includes cancellation cover
All these figures are per person and per trip

Simple 3 step quote process

1. Call us or click a quote button on our site

Once you are ready to start the quote process, the first step is to provide your personal details and information about your holiday plans.

2. Complete our simple medical screening process

You then declare the medical conditions for you (and any other travellers) and answer the specifically designed medical questions.

3. Get your quotes

You will then get your quotes and can either proceed to buy, or save your quote, at this stage.

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The information in this blog post is not intended to replace professional medical advice. It is a general overview of a broad medical care topic. Blog posts are not tailored to one person’s specific medical requirements, diagnosis or treatment. If you do notice symptoms or you require medical advice, you should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider to obtain professional medical help. Read through our disclaimer for more information.

Author notes

Written by Lydia Crispin, MA Content Creator at AllClear
Edited by Letitia Smith, M.Sc. Content Manager at AllClear

Written by: Lydia Crispin | Travel Insurance Expert
Last Updated: 23 August 2023


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