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Preventing Back Injuries

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

As a driver you are at risk of sustaining a back injury. These injuries can be severe and lead to permanent pain, impact your future mobility and prevent you from working and earning an income. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to minimise your risk of back injury.

Possible musculoskeletal injuries for drivers include:

  • Lower back injuries from prolonged driving.

  • Severe back injuries from bending or lifting after prolonged sitting.

  • Neck pain from vibration.

Causes of injuries:

  • Lack of normal movement. Sitting in vibration (even the mild vibration associated with driving) makes your joints temporarily less mobile, especially in the back.

  • Sitting. When you sit for a long time your back will become more prone to injury and pain (unless you sit with perfect posture).

  • Lifting or bending immediately after sitting for a long time is the cause of many serious back injuries.

When are you at highest risk to get hurt?

  • Mornings. The discs in your back will be “charged up” and you will be more prone to injury if you lift or bend without warming up.

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