Why use our sciatica travel insurance?
Sciatica is a common type of pain caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Running from the back of your pelvis all the way down your legs and feet, the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. A slipped disc is the most common cause of sciatica, but sometimes there is no obvious cause.
Pain can range from mild to very painful and can last from a few days to months. Other symptoms include; numbness, tingling and muscle weakness. But sciatica pain is different to back pain as it can affect the lower back, the buttocks and one or both legs, all the way down to the calf muscles.
According to the National Health Service (NHS), most cases of sciatica can be treated at home with painkillers. While chronic sciatica (if it lasts for more than six weeks) may need more drastic medical treatment.
The good news is that sciatica or slipped disks should not stop you from having a holiday abroad or in the UK. But it does mean that travel insurance is a wise investment. To find out what level of cover you can get with Staysure, simply complete our medical screening process online or via our friendly team of travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902.
Why do I need travel insurance for sciatica or a slipped disc?
Going on holiday without travel insurance means you are taking a gamble with your health, especially if you have a pre-existing health condition such as sciatica or a slipped disk. After all, a holiday is a big investment for most people and you will want to make the most of it without worrying about what will happen should you have a medical emergency while you are away.
Buying travel insurance with Staysure means you will have peace of mind as we are an award winning company and market leaders in the over 50s medical travel insurance market.
Our policies include cancellation cover, extra flights and accommodation for you, your travel companion, children and grandchildren. Furthermore, we can replace any lost or stolen medication such as painkillers for treating your sciatica.
Tips for travelling with sciatica or a slipped disc
- Always check with your doctor that you are safe to travel before booking a holiday
- Take extra medication in case you are delayed – ash clouds and strikes are unpredictable
- If flying, try to get an aisle seat as you will have more room to stretch
- Let the airline company know in advance if you need assistance at the airport
- Don’t over pack your suitcase especially if you are travelling alone and have to carry it yourself. Also, buy a suitcase with wheels so you don’t strain yourself
- Book a sensible destination that is easy to travel around
- Drink plenty of water if flying, especially if you are taking painkillers because at high altitudes you can get dehydrated easily. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol as these dehydrate you
- During a flight, wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely
- On a plane, avoid falling asleep as you may end up in an uncomfortable position that can aggravate your sciatica
- While flying, try to stand up and stretch every hour or so as this can help reduce sciatica pain
- Consider bringing soothing music to listen to for long journeys
- When exploring a new city, opt for a tour bus if walking is an issue. This way you can hop on and off when you want, or stay on board for the entire journey
- Bring compression packs to help relieve sciatica symptoms while away
- Maintain any exercise regimes you have been advised to do by your doctor
- If driving, try to share the time spent behind the wheel
- If you are travelling to Europe, it’s a requirement with Staysure that you get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This gives you free or reduced cost medical treatment but it doesn’t cover the cost of being flown back to the UK. Apply online here or call 0300 3301350
- For more information on sciatica and slipped discs, visit the NHS.
Common questions about travel insurance for sciatica and slipped discs
Can I get a travel insurance policy with Staysure if I have a slipped disc?
- Slipping a disc should not stop you from getting insurance with us as we normally consider covering this pre-existing condition. We pride ourselves on assessing everybody on a case by case basis, simply because a slipped disk is a complicated condition that affects people in different ways.
Can you fly with sciatica?
- Yes, however it is important that the underlying medical condition that is causing the pain has been diagnosed and discussed with your doctor before you travel. Ensuring you are comfortable during the flight is important, so plan carefully and think about booking seats with extra leg room, your posture and any pillows or devices that help you relieve any discomfort.
I’m waiting for an operation on a slipped disc. Will you insure me for a trip in the meantime?
- Unfortunately, our terms and conditions state that we can’t insure anyone who is on an operation waiting list. However, as soon as you have had the operation, we are happy to consider you for travel insurance – if your doctor has given you the green light to travel that is.
My doctor has recommended that I don’t travel with a slipped disc. Would I be able to get cover?
- Sadly, no. It’s our policy that if a doctor has advised against travelling then we can’t provide cover. However, keep in contact and as soon as your doctor is happy for you to travel, phone us and we can discuss what level of travel insurance cover you will need.
What happens if I have a sciatica attack while I’m abroad?
- If this happens then try not to worry. If you have declared your sciatica beforehand and paid any additional premiums due, then you’ll be in safe hands with Staysure. Our team of travel insurance experts are on call 24-hours a day. Simply phone our emergency number if you have any problems while away and they can help sort it out. They speak the language in the country you are visiting and can arrange any medical treatment you need, or arrange to fly you home if necessary.
Since I took out my last policy I’ve developed sciatica. Do I have to tell you about this?
- Yes, you need to notify us about any change in your health as there may be an additional charge to validate your policy. Simply phone our UK contact centre on 0800 033 4902 – they will be happy to talk to you and make any necessary changes to your policy.
Would I be covered if I had to cancel my holiday at the last minute due to sciatica?
- Our policies include cover for cancellation, curtailment and trip interruption as standard, so yes you would be covered should a medical emergency prevent you from travelling. You must have declared any pre-existing medical conditions to us beforehand and they will have to have been accepted by our underwriters.
Sciatica Travel Insurance
For a travel insurance quote that covers sciatica or slipped discs, apply online or call our specialists on 0800 033 4902.