NEUROMODULATION
hamburger

ACTIVITIES
AND TRAVEL

LEAVING YOUR CHRONIC
PAIN BEHIND WITH
NEUROSTIMULATION

STAYING ACTIVE AND SAFE

For many people with chronic pain, neurostimulation therapy is a positive step toward living a fuller and more active lifestyle. However, it’s important to be mindful of certain restrictions and activities. With a little bit of planning and communication with your doctor, you’ll be able to travel and enjoy life again.

BEING ACTIVE WITH A NEUROSTIMULATOR

Chronic pain stretching icon

Whether it’s running, cycling, or hiking, many people with an implanted neurostimulator find that the pain relief it provides enables them to enjoy more activities in life.

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid too much bending or twisting with your system, especially during the first six to eight weeks after your procedure. This is the time when the healing is taking place around the leads. Always ask your doctor about which activities you can and cannot partake in.

TRAVELING WITH A NEUROSTIMULATOR

Generally, traveling with a neurostimulator is easy and safe, but it’s important to plan ahead of time.

Chronic pain doctor icon

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR FIRST

Always notify your doctor when you have plans to travel. He or she can provide you with information you may need and help you connect with a doctor at your destination, just in case you need care. This is especially important if you will be away for longer than a month.

Neurostimulator backpack icon

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING WITH YOU

In addition to any recommendations from your doctor, you should bring:

  • Your patient identification (ID) card, which you should carry wherever you go
  • Your patient controller, so you can adjust your therapy
  • Your charger, if you have a rechargeable system
  • An adapter for your charger, if you are traveling in a country with a different electrical outlet system
  • Phone numbers for your doctor, in case you have questions
Neurostimulator airplane icon

FLYING

If you’re planning to travel by plane, keep in mind that certain metal detectors and anti-theft devices may affect your system. When you arrive at the airport’s security checkpoint, show your patient ID card to security personal and ask how best to proceed.

If you must go through a metal detector or anti-theft device, turn off your neurostimulator and proceed with caution, moving quickly through the device. Once you pass through the detector or device, be sure to check the status of your neurostimulator.

 

 

If your neurostimulator runs out of battery or stops working for other reasons, you may need to get a replacement. Learn more about replacing your neurostimulation system >

FIND A PAIN SPECIALIST

Interested in learning more about neurostimulation for your chronic pain? Search for a doctor in your area who specializes in pain management.

 

MARIE’S CHRONIC PAIN STORY

Marie’s chronic pain story video

It didn’t take long before I absolutely forgot it was there. All of a sudden I noticed I wasn’t feeling all that [chronic] pain going down my legs.

SJM-NWEB-0618-0018

You are about to exit the Abbott family of websites for a 3rd party website

Links which take you out of Abbott worldwide websites are not under the control of Abbott, and Abbott is not responsible for the contents of any such site or any further links from such site. Abbott is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Abbott.


The website that you have requested also may not be optimized for your screen size.

Do you wish to continue and exit this website?

true
accessibility

© 2019 Abbott. All Rights Reserved. Please read the Legal Notice for further details.

Unless otherwise specified, all product and service names appearing in this Internet site are trademarks owned by or licensed to Abbott, its subsidiaries or affiliates. No use of any Abbott trademark, trade name, or trade dress in this site may be made without the prior written authorization of Abbott, except to identify the product or services of the company. 

accessibility

You are about to exit the Abbott family of websites for a 3rd party website

Links which take you out of Abbott worldwide websites are not under the control of Abbott, and Abbott is not responsible for the contents of any such site or any further links from such site. Abbott is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Abbott.


The website that you have requested also may not be optimized for your screen size.

Do you wish to continue and exit this website?