If you drive for a living, you understand that you’ll spend a lot of time behind the wheel. You also understand that this puts you at risk for a variety of injuries. As a driver, injury prevention is critical. There are steps you can take to improve your health and well-being, all the while avoiding trouble on the road.
For example, if you spend many consecutive hours on the road, take regular breaks to stretch your muscles and give your mind a rest.
Causes of injuries
A trucker can suffer an injury for many reasons, including:
- Slipping and falling, such as when loading or unloading
- Struck by an object
- Repetitive use of a body part
- Heavy lifting
- Awkward postures
Even if you do your best to avoid these causes, such as by using proper lifting techniques, there’s no guaranteed way to prevent an accident and injury.
Types of injuries
There is no way of protecting against every type of injury, but knowing what’s most common can help you implement a prevention plan. Here are some of the top health concerns of truck drivers:
- Muscle strain and sprain
- Back and neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Head and brain injuries
Some of these injuries are more serious than others. For example, a traumatic brain injury can result in death, while a muscle strain can typically be treated at home.
What to do about an injury
If you suffer an injury on the job, no matter how serious it may be, don’t “push through” with hopes that it will go away on its own. This can quickly worsen the condition, making it more difficult for you to recover in a timely manner.
Instead, you should report the injury to your employer and seek immediate medical attention. Doing so will help you better understand your injury and the best way to treat it.
If your medical team suggests that you take time off from work, don’t fight them on it. Your health and well-being is top priority, so there’s nothing wrong with making a full recovery.
Since money is probably on your mind, learn more about the workers’ compensation system and your ability to make a claim. This can help ease your financial stress as you recover.