Back Problems and Other Ijuries Related to Truck Driving

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by Cymerax, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. Cymerax

    Cymerax Bobtail Member

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    Hey Lil Daddy, thanks for that advice and I do plan on being the exception to the rule cuz I plan on living to around 120 or more (especially considering where medicine will be in another 50 yrs.) and the only way is if I take care of myself. I did quit smoking back in December and so that's one big step in that direction ;?D

    Cybergal, thanks for the work out tips - can you recommend any good work-out tapes that aren't too, uh, girly, lol. Have considered Tae-bo or better yet I want to take up Tai-Chi if I could only find a good instructor (can't find one in my hamlet tho).
    And thanks to everyone for the advice!

    As for the question of health problems, I've heard some comments about bad knees. Is this considered another truckers occupational health problem or just your general run-of-the-mill old football injury deal? :biggrin_2555:
     
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  3. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

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    You try Tae-bo in the truck and you will be stubbing a toe. Do it in the parking lot of a truck stop and you will see the black helicopters and men in white jackets!:mlaugh:
     
  4. MickeyFIN

    MickeyFIN Light Load Member

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    I´d say No boss is going to let you do it...besides there´s always someone hopping in for you when you take a vacation.
    And Yes I´m a former and prolly future company driver, as for now a Freelancer meaning I hop in for O/Os and their trucks usually are the best equipped.


    Stretching is something I do on the raod and go jogging/gym if time allows and showers are nearby.
    Also Swimminghalls are plenty over here.

    Once a month it´s for mee too...


    In the sleeper no..remember a heavy bag weights a lot and is tall (I meant at home/gymworkouts)..but a speedbag would suit fine and a rope to jump on the road (with weather permitting ofcourse)
     
  5. postynote

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    I have been using a buckwheat pillow I bought off the TV for years for my lower back. It works better than anything I have ever used. All the truck seats I have ever sat in has been terrible. Over the years I have driven every truck excepy a western star. Tap buckwheat pillow in the search engine to get one.
     
  6. heyns57

    heyns57 Road Train Member

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  7. wackywoodie

    wackywoodie Bobtail Member

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    One thing I know most people over look is thier wallet( you know who you are at 1/2" to an inch thick), "Take it out of the pocket when you are sitting" if not your hips are not level and that in it's self will cause back/leg problems
     
  8. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

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    Good point, but what driver has a wallet that is an inch thick?:biggrin_25523:
     
  9. wackywoodie

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    I've seen some that do it's thier "moble phone book" as one said to me
     
  10. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Mine is over an inch thick with all of the cards I carry, I have a chain on wallet and keep it in my front pocket usually, otherwise let it hang down when I'm running toll roads. I used to carry the cards in a separate wallet but I set them down once to work under the truck and had to move abruptly and forgot them.
    The next day I was walking the ditch south of Cedar Falls, IA and found everything but a Road Ranger points card which had gone to many pieces. The wallets were trashed from the impact. I couldn't sit on a thin wallet in a truck seat for more than about twenty minutes.
     
  11. dr5thwheel

    dr5thwheel Bobtail Member

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    One thing drivers can do is get some chiropractic care to prevent degeneration of the spine, or at least slow it down. I'm a chiropractor and have seen professional drivers over my 13 yrs. of experience. The vibration of your vehicles affects your spine, even w/ the latest seats, etc. and research shows this. Plus your lifestyle is tough on the body; long hours, unloading/loading, eating on the run, interupted sleep, . . . I'm preaching to the choir. You folks work hard and have to put some focus on the health of your spine, even if it's a once a month tune up at the chiropractor.
     
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