Battling Back Pain on the Road
Truck drivers and other transportation workers have the highest risk for chronic health problems according to a Gallup-Healthways analysis. Sisbro supports the health of our truck drivers and team members. We came up with a few bits of advice when it comes to managing back pain and other health concerns on the road.
Don’t sit on your wallet
As a truck driver, your main concern should be comfort. From the start of any trip, make the proper adjustments. Remove items from your pockets, adjust your seat, and adjust your controls. This will allow you to focus on the drive by eliminating distractions, and it will prevent larger problems like back, neck, and leg pain from developing.
Take frequent breaks and stretch
Starting and stopping your drive may not always be convenient, but small breaks will show a large benefit to your health. The long stretches of vibration can make your situation worse. Add to that heavy lifting and sitting in the same position for long periods of time and you’ve got a recipe for health disaster. Get out of your cab as often as you can. At rest stops or truck stops, stretch your arms and legs lightly. Turn your head from side to side to move your head and neck in a light stretch. Take a walk around the truck or facility. Talk to you doctor about proper stretching suited to your physical needs.
Reduce risks from your cab
Hand stretches at red lights can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Truck drivers can rotate each hand right and left at the wrist and lastly, lightly press into the palm of each hand and then switch. Shoulder shrugs and rotations can also help with neck pain. Again, talk to your doctor about your specific needs.
Drink plenty of water while on the road
Healthier food choices and plenty of water can make a big difference for OTR drivers. There is no magic number when it comes to the number of glasses of water you should drink each day. Every driver has unique needs and should watch for dry skin, dry eyes, yellow tinged urine, bad breath, muscle cramps, food cravings, and more. These traits could signal dehydration which could be a factor in your back pain. Pay attention to your body and the road and you can’t go wrong.