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Increase in Spinal Back Pain Among Long Haul Truck Drivers


Long Haul Truckers and Back Pain Long haul trucking was recently named as one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in America and the medical field is seeing an increase in spinal injuries and back pain among long haul truck drivers.

Although there are over 500,000 large truck accidents every year in the U. S.,  only 25% of these accidents are the direct fault of the truck driver.

However, the most common injury to the trucker is whiplash, which is damage to either the soft tissue of the neck or the spine itself.  To make matters worse, signs of whiplash can take up to six months to occur.

Dr. Richard KaulDr. Richard A. Kaul of New Jersey Spine and Rehabilitation, is a Board Certified Spine Expert and practices Interventional Pain Management and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

His patients include a large number of professional truck drivers and he has advised me through email that he has been seeing a “shocking increase in patients with spinal conditions associated with long haul trucking.”

Understanding the importance of the truck driving profession, they stated:

“We firmly believe that Long Haul driving is an essential function to our economy and is a completely under-appreciated profession. Without these drivers, the opportunity for states to trade goods would not exist, thus the collapse of the free market system we all value so highly.”

They offer more information about the causes and potential prevention of these conditions as well as treatments that may help, on their website concerning Long Haul Truck Driving and Back Pain.

© 2011, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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2 Responses to Increase in Spinal Back Pain Among Long Haul Truck Drivers. - Post a Comment

  1. Long Haul Trucking

    It’s so important for drivers to monitor their health and notice signs of spinal back pain before it gets worse. Long haul trucking especially is hard on the back, so thank you for writing this article and bringing this issue to the spotlight.

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