Which occupations increase the risk for mechanical low back pain?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Everett C Hills, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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In an informal survey of chiropractors who were asked to rate the top 10 "back-breaking jobs," the number 1 job was heavy truck driving. Following, in no particular order, are the next 9 jobs:

  • Construction worker

  • Landscaper

  • Police officer (due to long hours sitting in a car then having to respond to a call for help)

  • Farmer (because self-employment, tend to respond rapidly to pain management interventions)

  • Roofers (often in awkward, bending positions for long periods)

  • Firefighters and emergency medical technicians

  • Delivery drivers

  • Nursing home workers

  • Auto mechanics

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