Because online shopping has become increasingly popular in recent years, major corporations must hire individuals to load and unload trucks. If you work as a lumper, you may love the physical component of your job. Still, loading and unloading trucks can cause long-term damage to your spine.
According to reporting from Everyday Health, more than half of Americans live with chronic pain, with back pain being the most common. Regrettably, your back pain may make it difficult or even impossible to work.
Common causes of back pain
When you load and unload trucks, you lift, bend, twist and reach. These motions can put considerable strain on your upper and lower back. Eventually, you are likely to experience some soreness. If your soreness does not go away after a few days, you may have a serious injury.
The following injuries may cause you to experience excruciating pain:
- Slipped or herniated disks
- Nerve damage
- Muscle strains or sprains
- Vertebra fractures
Restrictions on activity
Depending on the severity of your back injury, you may have to restrict your activity. Unfortunately, because your job is an active one, restricting your activity may leave you unable to perform your job duties. If your injury requires surgery and rehabilitation, you may be out of work for weeks or longer.
Not being able to work can lead to an avalanche of financial problems. Ultimately, if your back pain comes from an injury you suffered at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help you make ends meet until you can return to your job.