Chiropractor Dr. Alexander Jimenez of Injury Medical and Chiropractic Clinic focuses on long-haul truck drivers and non-invasive spinal treatments. Truck drivers are at a much higher risk of developing degenerative spinal disorders from the stress that constant driving and repetitive lifting can place on the spinal muscles of the lower back.
Driving a huge truck for eight to ten hours every day/night means the person sits in a stationary position for a long time. The muscles, joints, and ligaments tend to become stiff, and proper blood circulation is affected over time. Ailments can last for weeks, even up to several years if drivers don’t take time to focus on their health and find the right treatment.
Teams are in a truck that never stops. Even sleeping in the bunk, these drivers are subject to constant vibration and bouncing as the truck moves. Roads that are poorly maintained can cause impact trauma to both the driver and the person in the bunk. Various factors can cause musculoskeletal pain like:
Having limited mobility can lead to structural problems like pain in the back, hip, knee, shoulder, arms, and legs. This is compounded by the fact that prescription medications are the norm for these issues and can be dangerous.
These individuals are taught proper lifting techniques but with time forget to follow them during the rush to make the delivery/s on time. Driving for extended periods regularly places added strain on the back. This is due in part because these individuals can’t use their feet to support the lower part of their bodies while working the pedals of the truck.
The continuous instability, vibrations, and positional changes that come with long-haul driving can cause tension in the spine and surrounding muscles in the area. Research has shown that vibration of the body while driving increases the load on the lower back and driving on roads that are not maintained can exacerbate the condition.
The continuous bouncing can lead to spinal disc compression, which in turn causes degeneration of pain in the spine and nerves. This continuous strenuous routine can lead to herniated/bulging discs, which can cause pain and lead to the development of other spinal conditions like sciatica. Improper alignment of the spine can lead to dysfunction and pain in one or several areas of the body. Other conditions that could develop include:
Prevention and proper treatment are key. Here are a few simple ways to improve the drive:
The seats that are standard in a truck do not offer proper support for a driver’s back, shoulders, neck, and legs. A seat pad for extra comfort or a memory foam seat with a massage base can relax the muscles. For quick lumbar support roll up a pillow, towel, or t-shirt and place it behind the lower back.
An ergonomic truck seat helps fight the discomfort and awkward positions, that result in positive posture. A proper seat will force the back into its healthy arch. Driving with less strain helps:
These long-haul drivers can choose to bypass invasive procedures that can take months to heal. This is because the inability to drive means they don’t earn a check. And being taken out of a driving job for any period can cause financial difficulties.
Chiropractic provides long-haul truck drivers with a non-invasive, drug-free way to treat injuries, manage conditions, and relieve pain. Regular chiropractic can help correct postural habits that expose the body to injury or move the body and the spine out of alignment. It can identify emerging issues before they become a severe condition.
Larger truck stops offer drivers access to medical and chiropractic services allowing them to get treatment when they need it. Long haul drivers can be out for weeks and may not be able to get their regular adjustments. But it is still a good idea to have a regular chiropractor at home so you can stay healthy and on the road.
The information herein on "Spinal Conditions That Affect Long-Haul Truck Drivers" is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional.
Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.*
Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.
We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.
We are here to help you and your family.
Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CIFM*, IFMCP*, ATN*, CCST
My Digital Business Card
Introduction In the lower half region of the body, a large nerve connects to the… Read More
Prescription Medications: Sciatica is a term used to describe neuropathic/nerve pain. It is a prevalent… Read More
Introduction The sciatic nerve is considered the largest in the lower half of the body that helps… Read More
Introduction Inside the body are countless nerves that intertwine with each other and are all… Read More