You are rolling down the blacktop day after day carrying merchandise to customers. Trucking involves long hours and an overworked body.
Your job may require the backbreaking work of loading and unloading heavy cargo and spending long hours behind the wheel. Injuries from this type of job may be long-lasting and painful. Three common types of trucker injuries include:
- Neck and back injuries
Back and neck injuries are common among truck drivers. Lifting and carrying and slouching while driving may cause sprains and strains. Driving bad roads with poor shocks may add to the pain. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, states that heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers with back injuries accounted for over 34% of all work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
- Upper body injuries
The BLS reported that the combination of arm and shoulder problems are second to back injuries among truck drivers. These may take longer to heal and result in more downtime. Doing the same motions again and again, such as raising and lowering the truck hood, could lead to injury. Other repetitive motions involve:
- Getting in and out of the cab
- Loading and unloading
Any of these actions may cause inflammation, bursitis, dislocation and chronic shoulder pain. Truckers also experience rotator cuff tears. Extensive rotator cuff injuries may require surgery, which may lead to more time off work.
- Lower extremity injuries
Like the upper extremities, the lower body may experience pain from repetitive motion. Pressing down the gas pedal and the clutch over a long period may put stress and strain on your knees. Truckers may develop patellar tendonitis, also known as Jumper’s knee. If left untreated, the condition can lead to tears in your tendon.
As a long-haul driver, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. If you are an employee of a trucking company, compensation may pay for medical care to help you during your illness or injury recovery period. It may also cover temporary or permanent disabilities from injuries you received while working.