Chronic back pain is often the result of your profession. Did you know that 25-40% of all truck drivers suffer from chronic back pain? Did you know that 25-40% of all truck drivers suffer from chronic back pain? Click To Tweet
So, why do so many truck drivers suffer from chronic pain? Mix long hours in the driver’s seat with a body part designed to be in motion, and you have the perfect recipe for pain. When you don’t exercise regularly or spend long periods of time in the seated position, your spine doesn’t receive key nutrients it needs to stay healthy, causing frustrating back pain.
Common Causes of Chronic Back Pain
Over the years, we’ve noticed that the most common form of back pain for truckers is compression of the joints. This is largely due to the lack of movement mentioned above from so many hours on the open road.
The second most common cause of back pain is sciatica. This also occurs due to the lack of movement and prolonged time in the seated position. The sciatic nerve runs down the back of your leg. When pinched, can cause pain to radiate up and down your legs and back.
Preventing Chronic Back Pain
Luckily, there are certain measures truck drivers can take to to help ward off back pain. Truck drivers should try to plan more short breaks in their routes and spend a good portion of those breaks stretching and exercising their spine. See, the muscles surrounding the spine are just like any other muscle in the body, they become tighter the longer they aren’t utilized.
One stretch truckers can do from their seat is a simple spine twist. While facing forward, slowly twist your torso to the left, bringing your right hand around to grip the left side of your seat. When you feel a gentle stretch in your back, hold for ten seconds and repeat on the opposite side.
Even when truckers aren’t out on the road, it’s a good idea to incorporate more movement and stretching into their daily routine. Consider adding these yoga moves for a strong, healthy spine. An active spine is a healthy spine.
Most importantly, we urge you not to ignore chronic back pain. Doing so can create a vicious pain cycle that can greatly diminish your quality of life. Please seek help if you or a loved one is experiencing chronic pain.