Back Problems?

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Geo W.'s Comment
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This maybe a real dumb question, but does anyone that is driving have back problems? or had operations in the past?

Steven B.'s Comment
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I had some trouble with the 90° back, until I performed the operation from 15' out and 25' forward (using a 30' trailer). Then it was a snap! rofl-1.gif

Steven B.'s Comment
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Actually, there was someone in my school who had vertebral issues, but he did okay after getting out of the uncomfortable chair in the classroom.

Starcar's Comment
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I am a survivor of 3 back fractures, plus some other broken bones...Horses are not always your friend ! But I'll have to say, that with the newer air ride seats, with all the adjustments you can make with them, I've never had an issue with back pain... Now when we pulled a reefer , I used one of those "Back Saver" belts to keep from re-injuring my lower back. they work great, and anything that will help you from injuring or re-injuring your back is always a plus. LIFT WITH YOUR LEGS...words to live by.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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There are no dumb questions smile.gif

I've never had back problems myself, but in all the years of driving I can't really recall anyone complaining that driving a truck was bothering their back. And believe me, nobody complains like truck drivers! If there was something to complain about, they would have rofl-3.gif

The air-ride seats and suspensions do an excellent job. There are a lot of products out there designed to enhance comfort, and of course certain types of exercise will do wonders.

As long as you can sit for a few hours at a time without serious issues you should be just fine.

Geo W.'s Comment
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There are no dumb questions smile.gif

I've never had back problems myself, but in all the years of driving I can't really recall anyone complaining that driving a truck was bothering their back. And believe me, nobody complains like truck drivers! If there was something to complain about, they would have rofl-3.gif

The air-ride seats and suspensions do an excellent job. There are a lot of products out there designed to enhance comfort, and of course certain types of exercise will do wonders.

As long as you can sit for a few hours at a time without serious issues you should be just fine.

Ya keep saying that Brett, but watch soon your gonna say to yourself, Dam Geo asks alot of dumb questions..lol..

The reason for my post was I have had 3 back operations, I have passed a DOT physical for a old driving job I had a few years back when I would deliver medical grade o2 to peoples homes.

But I knew with all the new tech they have in rigs anymore with the airride seats that there should be no issues, and yes I can drive/sit for periods of time with no problems... Just wanted to see if anyone deals with it on the road.

Thanks guys for the reply's.

Drive safe

Geo

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Starcar's Comment
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Geo, with your medical history, you should be very careful when choosing a company. Some companies have freight that from time to time they expect the driver to unload. For you and me, that might not be a good thing. So when you talk to recruiters, ask them upfront, seriously upfront, so you don't waste your time, or theirs. What you want is 100% NO TOUCH FREIGHT. Unloading pallets isn't tobad,but the receiver won't let you use the hyster, so all you get is the pallet jack. AND most places want it "broke down" into multiple stacks on multiple pallets....Its a real pain in the back, time consuming, and few companies pay you to do it...AND it costs you on your driving time clock...bad deal all the way around. So be very very picky about where you choose to drive... We pulled a reefer for awhile, and "lumping" a few loads cured me....we went to flatbedding...atleast throwin' straps, chains and tarps I can do it at my own rate, AND I get paid for it.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Geo W.'s Comment
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Okay so driver refer isnt gonna work.... crap, i guess the CR england school isnt gonna work then... embarrassed.gif

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Don't discount CRE out right. I worked there for 3.5 years and never once unloaded a trailer. The most I had to do ,seriously rare even then, was put down slip sheets for floor loaded loads like wine and beer. You have a choice. You can unload it or the company will pay all lumper fees.

Now there will be times you have to jump up into the back of the trailer to secure the load with load locks but that was about the only work you would do with the freight.

Geo W.'s Comment
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Don't discount CRE out right. I worked there for 3.5 years and never once unloaded a trailer. The most I had to do ,seriously rare even then, was put down slip sheets for floor loaded loads like wine and beer. You have a choice. You can unload it or the company will pay all lumper fees.

Now there will be times you have to jump up into the back of the trailer to secure the load with load locks but that was about the only work you would do with the freight.

Just when I loose hope, Its comes right back. Thanks Guy for the insight!! thank-you.gif

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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