Backache is by far the most common musculoskeletal complaint among young and healthy adults. According to latest estimates, approximately 2.06 million cases of back pain are reported in the United States alone. According to another study, the incidence rate of back pain in the US is 1.39 per 1,000 individuals. The risk of developing chronic low back pain depends on several factors such as advancing age, occupational history of weight lifting, sedentary lifestyle, history of accidents or injuries involving the back region and other medical or surgical insults. Certain lifestyle or occupational choices can also lead to backache; for example, long distance drivers often complaints of back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal ailments.
If you are a long-distance driver or spends most of your time on the road, you are at higher risk of developing chronic low back pain. According to a new study reported in the peer-reviewed journal Archives of environmental & occupational health (2), investigators suggested that the prevalence of chronic low back pain in long distance drivers is more than 80%.
There may be a number of reasons that may explain this high prevalence; such as:
There is another theory that explains how poor posture during long distance driving on bad roads can lead to neck pain and stiffness. In order to minimize the discomfort, most people tend to change their gait and posture in the direction of least resistance, which may not in fact be the best posture. In long term cases, all major weight bearing joints and connective tissues get affected.
Following strategies are fairly helpful at minimizing the risk of disabling backache: