For American truckers, the hours pass slowly into days as the road stretches out in front of their vehicle’s hood. Long hours in cramped conditions puts these individuals at risk for motor vehicle accidents, but the dangers don’t end there. Between extended periods sitting in one position to unloading heavy cargo, trucking is very hard on the body. Many truckers will end up filing a workers’ compensation claim at some point in their careers. One common injury for this industry is musculoskeletal pain.
As the name indicates, musculoskeletal pain affects the muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. Truckers most commonly experience this pain in the back, neck or legs due to their work conditions or personal habits. Bad posture, repetitive movements, strain from lifting heavy objects and prolonged sitting can all cause a musculoskeletal issue. In addition to pain, those who struggle with musculoskeletal problems may feel exhausted from fatigue or develop trouble sleeping. These symptoms are problematic as driving while tired can be as dangerous as driving under the influence.
Studies indicate there are physical factors that make people more susceptible to musculoskeletal pain.
As this pain will only worsen with time, see a doctor and get help immediately. Your next step may be to consider filing a workers’ compensation claim. Keep in mind that there are time limits on when you can file a claim, so don’t wait if it becomes necessary.
No one should have to suffer pain as a result of their job, and there are protections in place to compensate you for any discomfort or inconvenience caused.