A large number of people are ailing from chronic back pain at any given point in time. After cold and flu, back pain, particularly lower back pain is the most frequent reason for a visit to the doctor. While the reasons may vary from a muscle pull to an accident, severe and long lasting pain is common to all. Even other than these, there are many other reasons for back pain occurring in a person; Trucking is definitely the topmost among the reasons for back pain. If you have experienced back pain especially of the chronic sort at any time, trucking is certainly not the right occupation to get into.

Statistics show that in any given year, 60% people who visit a doctor do so because of chronic back pain. And among these patients, the most common reason for getting back pain is trucking. In the occupation of trucking, the driver sits in the same position each day for a long number of hours, with none or very few breaks. Not only does sitting in the same position cause the problem, it also aggravates chronic back pain if already existing. There is no change in routine in this profession and back pain that has started due to trucking can last lifelong if not attended to.

In several cases, rest can cure back pain, e.g. if it is acquired while jogging or playing. But in the case of trucking, the truck drivers sit in the same position and do the same thing, every day of their working life. Truckers also usually are on the road and don’t get to their homes often enough to seek treatment. Often enough, due to lack of adequate knowledge about back pain, they may also think that it will go away on its own and so ignore it. This leads o it becoming chronic back pain.

Concerned groups are constantly urging the trucking companies to upgrade the equipment like the steering wheel and seats in the trucks. It should be possible to adjust the steering wheels for the driver’s reach and rake. Similarly, the seats should be adjustable for tilt and height. As truck drivers spend such long hours on the road, good ergonomics make for good health and safe driving. The upholstery and seat’s structure also need to be designed for the comfort of the human body. More ‘driver friendly’ trucks from the truck manufacturers can go a long way in avoiding chronic back pain in truckers. Not only will the truck drivers be healthier, trucking companies will also face fewer workmen compensation claims.

Article by
Abhishek Agarwal