A truck driver’s job is to ensure the cargo gets to the right location on time. Unfortunately this task involves sitting for long periods of time and may cause or lead to lower back pain. Those truck driver’s with back pain use whatever is possible to help themselves out of pain. Here are a few key take-a-ways from Henry Senn’s story about driving with back pain:
- Moving boxes can cause injury to a back when you have a weak core.
- Heating Pads DO NOT help. They can make your back pain worse.
- Rehabilitation exercises need to be done after you are “cured” to prevent re-injury.
- Seat cushions can help Truck Driver’s with lower back pain.
Here is Henry Senn’s story about driving with lower back pain:
“Hi, my name is Henry, and I’m a truck driver. Back in December of 2015 I had a major back injury. I was delivering packages when I had lifted the front of a top heavy box and the bottom slid forward causing me to have a slipped disc in my lower back. The pain was pretty bad, but I finished out the day. I went home and thought I could put a heating pad on my back and the pain would go away, I was wrong. After about an hour of lying in bed with my heating pad on my back, I tried to get up and the muscles in my back contracted so tightly that I couldn’t move at all (This is known as a muscle spasm) and it was very painful. Well I was out of work for a couple of months and I had to go to a rehabilitation clinic to strengthen my core. This was a long and very difficult process. I have heard from many people since then that once you have a back injury, you have to continue to do the exercises. That was a tip from the rehab clinic. If you don’t continue with your treatment and core exercises the injury will return.”sitting on a specially designed seat cushion every day. This seat cushion has a cut in the back so that your tailbone does not touch the seat, thereby not putting any pressure on your spine. I have been pain free for a long time and I feel very thankful for that. Thank you for reading my story. I sincerely hope it helps your own story”