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Why many truck drivers experience lower back pain

On Behalf of | Jan 28, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

As a truck driver, there are many challenges that you may experience on the road in California. Not only do you have to worry about staying safe on the road, but you also have to deal with the risk of developing lower back pain, which is a common basis for workers’ compensation claims.

Why are truck drivers at risk of developing lower back pain?

For one, the job is physically demanding and requires workers to be in a seated position for long periods. In addition, truck drivers often have to make sudden movements to avoid accidents, which can put strain on the lower back. The fact that truck drivers often have to drive for long periods without a break also contributes to the development of lower back pain.

What can you do to prevent or reduce the risk?

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing lower back pain is to stay active when you’re not driving. Make sure to take breaks often to get up and move around, even if it’s just for a few minutes. When you are driving, make sure to adjust your seat so that you’re in a comfortable position. It also helps to maintain a good posture when you’re driving, which can reduce the strain on your lower back.

What should you do when you experience lower back pain?

If you experience lower back pain, first seek medical attention to ensure that there is not an underlying medical condition causing the pain. Once you’ve been cleared by a doctor, consider filing a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation can help you cover the costs of treatment for your lower back pain as well as provide lost wages if you need to take time off work to recover.

When your job requires you to drive long distances, it is important to take steps to help prevent the development of lower back pain. If you do experience lower back pain, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim.