Symptoms of a pinched spinal nerve that truck drivers should know
You may have heard about the dangers of too much sitting in health magazines or on news sites. Not only do extended periods of sitting in office chairs or in front of the TV leave you at a higher risk of cardiovascular issues, it places excess strain on your lower back (cervical spine) and increases your risk of experiencing painful pinched nerves. Some workplaces are implementing standing workstations and other healthy initiatives to keep employees on the move, but workers in other industries — such a truck driving — don’t have many options.
If you are a truck driver or have another profession that requires you to sit for long periods of time, your best course of action is to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of a pinched nerve and promptly seek professional medical care if they occur.
What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?
Pinched nerve symptoms may vary based on the affected nerve’s exact location in the spine. In general, though, symptoms often include:
- Localized or radiating pain that travels to the extremities
- Numbness or tingling sensations that travel to the extremities
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of coordination
If hours on the road have left you with neck pain, back pain or other pinched nerve symptoms, promptly schedule an appointment with a physician and try a few simple tricks during your stops. Briefly walk around and give your lower back a good stretch by reaching for your toes while keeping your knees as straight as comfortably possible. You may also find it helpful to travel with a portable heating pad, which will help soothe tensed muscles around your spine. While you’re driving, make sure to sit up straight and keep your neck in line with your back and hips — no slouching forward or leaning back.
Pinched nerve treatment at Laser Spine Institute
Led by board-certified surgeons+ at state-of-the-artsurgery centers, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive surgical procedures to relieve nerve compression that does not respond to conservative treatments. Our procedures require a less than 1-inch incision and, when compared to traditional open spine operations, involve less risk, fewer potential complications and shorter recovery periods.^