Sitting for long hours each day driving a semi-truck can result in unexpected injuries. The most common injuries for truck drivers are back-related injuries. Sitting for long periods can result in poor posture that places added strain on the back and includes injuries such as:
- Muscle Spasms
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder/Upper Back Pain
- Muscle Strains
- Pinched Nerves
Aside from back injuries, other types of common injuries truckers face include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Joint Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Bone Fractures
- Slips, Trips, and Falls
These injuries can occur from repetitive motions, as well as not being careful when entering or exiting the cab or climbing in and out of the trailer.
What Are the Most Common Illnesses and Health-Related Concerns for Truckers?
Truck drivers also must face illnesses and health-related concerns on the open road. There are no “sick days” if there are deliveries that have to be made at specific times. Common illnesses and health-related concerns include:
- Stress: Truckers must deal with stressful situations, including aggressive motorists.
- Obesity: Many truckers are overweight due to poor diet choices and lack of exercise.
- Insomnia: It can be hard sleeping in the truck cab, especially when parked near other trucks and truck drivers.
- Depression: Being on the road away from family and friends can cause truckers to feel depressed.
- Cold/Flu: Truck drivers can have lowered immune systems from other health issues that can make them more susceptible to colds and flu.
Truck Driver Injury Prevention and Reducing Risks of Illnesses/Health Concerns
One of the best investments is in high-quality truck seats with lumbar support. Truckers should wear back braces for added support when lifting and moving objects. They should also take extra precautions when climbing in and out of the cab or trailer.
To reduce the risks of illnesses and health concerns:
- Try to include fresh fruits and vegetables in their diets.
- To sleep soundly, invest in earplugs and a face mask.
- Take a daily multivitamin to help boost the immune system.
- Take time out each day to destress by doing something enjoyable.
- Utilize technology to stay in contact with family and friends.
To find high-quality and custom truck seats, safety products, and other accessories to make life on the road easier, please feel free to browse our online store or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 today!