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 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.
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