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Why truck drivers experience back pain

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

If you spend a lot of time traveling across Pennsylvania in a commercial truck, there is a good chance that you’ll experience some level of lower back pain. Here’s a closer look at some of the reasons why your back might hurt and what you might be able to do to find relief.

Sitting for long periods of time can be harmful to your health

Sitting for hours at a time can result in back pain for a couple of different reasons. First, improper posture may cause a significant amount of pressure to be placed on the muscles and joints that support the lower portion of your back. If you sit on a hard or lumpy surface, you may receive inadequate lumbar support, which can also result in strained muscles, pinched nerves, or other ailments. Many truck drivers also are required to tarp, ratchet down, or balance their own loads, and lifting injuries or falls can happen.

What can you do to minimize your pain?

Frequent stretching is an effective way to obtain pain relief in a timely manner. You may also be able to obtain relief from minor aches by taking pain relievers that are available over the counter or through a prescription from your doctor. If you are considering prescription medication, be sure to talk to your physician about any side effects that it might cause, such as drowsiness that would interfere with your job. Chiropractic therapy and massage therapy may also be beneficial. It’s worth noting that the workers’ compensation system may cover the cost of medical care related to a workplace back injury.

If you are experiencing back pain, it may be possible to obtain compensation from your employer. It may also be possible to obtain other modifications such as a lighter schedule to minimize your risk of exacerbating an existing ailment. If you believe that your work contributes to your pain, schedule a consultation with a certified specialist workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your options for work modifications or medical treatment.