Hi everyone.want to go trucking but have a concern

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  1. KH1

    KH1 Bobtail Member

    May 11, 2012
    long beach ca
    Ive worked as a welder by trade for the last 20 years,was let go after 15 years with the same company..doing some serious thinking of changing directions into the trucking world.i realize i would go otr and thats fine with me.my concern is ive had some some issues with back problems in the past.no surgerys but do have a couple bad disks that act up at times.is there anyone else out there driving with that problem and if so and if so what do you do about it? thank for any advise with this...
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  3. Cerberus

    Cerberus Medium Load Member

    Jun 6, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    All the jarring driving on the roads could make your issues worse. Think i'd go and talk to a DOT doctor and tell him and let him look it over before i made the commitment of driving a truck.
  4. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    Truck driving ain't for bad backs. Very rough on the spine with long driving sessions, lifting, climbing in/out of trailer etc.
  5. nicholas_jordan

    nicholas_jordan Medium Load Member

    Mar 31, 2012
    temple texas
    it is possible to get no-touch loads, though that may not happen for you

    I suggest trying local / city-delivery / short-haul to get a grasp of what it is like .....

    my personal opinion is I would rather screw up a few discs than have the metals in the tissue from metabolically uptake of metal-vapors

    the seats are very well suspended usually though after hours of anything we get industrial medicine problems of some kind, maybe run a 12-yard twin-screw dump for awhile as that is really rough & much rougher than OTR seating,....

    read the help-wanted ads for any city in a 100 mile radius and take whatever you can find to see what it is actually like as opinions only go so far
  6. Pedigreed Bulldog

    Pedigreed Bulldog Road Train Member

    May 7, 2011
    Ask anyone with a few screwed up discs in their back and they might tell you otherwise. The back is involved in pretty much every movement the body makes....when you have back problems, it affects everything you do.
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