As a professional truck driver, you enjoy the open road. But what you may not enjoy is putting so much strain on your body, day in and day out.
Understanding the most common injuries among truck drivers can help you prevent trouble, thus keeping you on the road and earning your full salary. Consider the following common injuries truckers face:
- Sprains and strains: Muscle sprains and strains can result from many things, such as sitting in the same position for an extended period of time, lifting heavy loads and sleeping in cramped quarters.
- Repetitive stress injury: Putting stress on the same body part, such as your wrists and arms while driving, can result in a repetitive stress injury. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome is common among truck drivers.
- Back and neck injuries: It goes without saying that you could suffer a back or neck injury as the result of an accident. However, these injuries are also common in drivers who never run into trouble on the road. For example, you could herniate a disk by lifting a heavy load. Or you could strain your neck in a slip and fall accident.
If you suffer any type of injury on the job, stop what you’re doing to assess your health. Don’t try to fight through it, but instead seek immediate medical treatment.
Should you learn that you have a serious injury that will keep you away from work for an extended period of time, consider your legal right for filing a workers’ compensation claim. You’ll need this money to maintain financial stability as you recover.