If your job requires you to drive for a living, chances are you’ve battled back pain at one time or another. Long-distance truck drivers, taxi drivers, and chauffeurs all spend countless hours behind the wheel, and prolonged periods of sitting can wreak havoc on a person’s spine. Many semi drivers have a cabin where they can lay down and stretch out during the night, but those few hours of sleep might not be help too much after 10 hours of driving. At the Colorado Spine Institute in Loveland, we can treat back pain caused by too much sitting and driving, and help you find the relief you need to get back on the road.
Uncomfortable Seats and Bumpy Roads
When you take a job as a driver, whether it’s for a trucking service or a cab company, chances are you’re not going to have a seat that’s made for your body type. Pair that with the bumpy roads you may be driving over for hours on end and it can mean trouble for your spine. When you sit behind the wheel for a long period of time with a vehicle moving and vibrating underneath your seat, it can cause your posture to change and your back to become fatigued. This can lead to spinal problems, compromised circulation, and other issues. If the seat causes you to sit with your back in a curved position, consider getting a cushion that lets you sit upright and keep your head and neck even with your spine. The road condition, along with acceleration and deceleration, can also have an effect on your back, so the more support you have for your spine, the better. Also, if your vehicle vibrates more than it should, make sure it’s properly maintained so the worn shocks or struts don’t do a number on your back.
Take Plenty of Breaks
On top of finding a proper seat cushion and back support, it’s also important to take plenty of breaks when you’re on the road for hours at a time. Cab companies and public transportation agencies will allow a couple of breaks each day, and it’s important to take those opportunities to stretch and decompress your spine. Sitting will put the majority of the load on your lower spine, so finding some simple exercises you can during your 10-minute break can save you from back pain later in the day. If you have to help people load luggage into your cab or limo, take that opportunity to stretch and move. (Also be sure to lift anything heavy with proper technique.)
If your job entails hours spent behind the wheel, don’t let back pain slow you down. If you’re experiencing pain, stiffness, or limited mobility, come to the Colorado Spine Institute today. Our staff will thoroughly examine your spine and make the necessary recommendations to alleviate your discomfort. Above all, we want you to enjoy your job and not have to worry about back pain!