Buying A Car Requires Special Considerations for Arthritis Patients

Seth Ginsberg Health Guide
  • It is very apparent that my clunker will one day need to be abandoned on the side of the road. And I have started shopping around for a good deal and perusing what's out there.


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    Yesterday, I borrowed a friend’s car to drive home to New York from Washington, DC. It's about 200 miles and takes a few hours. If you blink your eye you miss the part when you drive through Delaware, but that's beside the point.


    About a half hour into the drive, I started noticing my lower back was bothering me. And then an hour or so later, it was to the point of being inexcusable. The car seat was actually hurting my back. How does this happen in the year 2010?

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    After trying to adjust it every which way, I chose instead to take my time up to New York, stopping three times to stretch my back. Which did help somewhat. But I've sat in lots of cars for a long period of time, and never had that kind of back-wrenching reaction.


    Which begs the question I've been asking myself ever since: how am I going to make sure that my new car doesn't hurt my back the way this (new) car did? Should I go check out the car, test drive it, and then ask if I could sit in it in the showroom for three hours? Bring a book and read in the driver’s seat, while other people look at the sticker and get in the back seat?


    What's a guy with arthritis to do? And I thought picking the color was going to be the hardest part ...


Published On: December 14, 2009