User's Manual: Joints

Best and Worst Jobs for People in Pain

On-the-job pain management starts with finding an occupation that meets your needs.
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Truck driver

Worst
This job tends to be a poor choice for someone with chronic pain. Whether driving long or short distances, a truck driver is trapped in a seat for long periods of time, which puts pressure on the back. There is little time to move around and stretch painful joints.

Scott Bautch, MD, CEO for Allied Health Chiropractic Centers located in Wisconsin, says truck drivers have some of the highest rates of back pain. Because of the lack of movement and often crazy hours, sleep problems plague truck drivers in general, which is not good for people with rheumatoid arthritis who are at risk for fatigue.

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