Top 10 Most “Back Breaking” Jobs
In a recent informal survey, the following occupations were found to cause the most stress and strains on the muscles of the back.
10. Auto mechanics work in physically awkward positions, bending over cars, sliding under cars, etc.
9. Nursing home workers have to lift elderly people into and out of bed. The workers’ bodies can become twisted and off-center.
8. Delivery drivers are always running, often carrying heavy and awkward packages. Packages shipped via UPS, FedEx, etc., have increased in weight over the years. The job also involves a lot of driving.
7. Firefighters/EMTs deal with fire, water pressure from hoses, have to chop obstacles with an axe and lifting and moving injured patients, which is particularly difficult if the victim is obese or incapacitated.
6. Shingle roofers are always twisting their bodies and frequently working on sloped surfaces.
5. Farmers lift heavy equipment and bags of feed andgrain. When doing fieldwork, they have to constantly turn backward to watch equipment that is pulled behind a tractor.
4. Police officers sit in their cars for long periods of time, which is rough on the lower back. When called into action, they have to make sudden movements and often face resistance from those they are arresting. Police officers also wear belts that can weigh up to 40 pounds, which can cause chronic back pain.
3. Landscapers lift heavier objects than many other professions. Wheelbarrows can twist and turn, wrenching the workers’ backs.
2. Construction workers’ jobs can involve hammering, lifting, steelwork, or ironwork-all in very awkward positions. Moving steel beams can wreak havoc on the entire body.
1. Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers endure constant compression and vibration from trucks. This can damage the back. Prolonged sitting puts pressure on the spine, which can result in disc degeneration. Liquid-carrying trucks are particularly bad. When this type of truck comes to a sudden stop, the fluid in the truck’s tank slams back and forth, and the driver feels the impact. Also, because professional truck drivers are always on the road, their diets are seldom what they should be, which can contribute to back problems.
Dr. Brett L. Kinsler is a chiropractor practicing in Rochester, NY. Visit his website at www.RochesterChiro.com