Driving related injuries

Driving for Uber (and Lyft) can cause long term health injuries, some that you might not think of. We think of diet, circulation, and that sort of thing, but there are other serious issues that drivers need to be aware of, and perhaps take care to avoid causing themselves permanent damage.


Back and neck pain

I remember my first day driving. I put in four hours before going home. It was non-stop, and I felt just fine… until I got out of the car. I could barely stand up straight! My back had been hunched in a sitting position for all that time, and when I stood up rapidly my back said “Whoa there, big fella, slow down!”

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I cannot speak to any other individual’s health, endurance, tolerance, etc. But I know that back issues are very common, especially among people who drive a lot. Some questions to ask yourself: Is your drivers seat and driving posture on the healthier side of the spectrum? How is the lumbar support? Does your back hurt after a few hours of driving? Does your back randomly hurt on other days? Are your hips all the way against the seat when you drive, like they should be? Are you leaning forward, or leaned back? Do you slump sideways, or sit up straight?

Suggestion: Make an effort to GET OUT of your vehicle more often. Help people with luggage or groceries, even if they don’t need it. Open doors for little old ladies. When you are waiting 2+ minutes and aren’t sure how much longer it will be, get out and stretch. In between pings, wipe the bugs and stuff off your windows. Take time to go into a restaurant to get your food or coffee, instead of hitting the drive thru. Get out and walk around when you fill up the tank.

Oh, and sit properly.

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Back pain is some serious stuff, so don’t treat it like it’s nothing more than a mild headache.


Knee pain

Your right leg works the gas and the brakes (hopefully), and your knee stays slightly bent during your shift. This can cause soreness and inflammation in your knee over time. Long time drivers know what I’m talking about!

Much like the back pain issue, the easiest solution is to get out and stretch from time to time. If you let it get bad and end up going to a doctor for severe knee pain, they are going to send you to physical therapy. At PT, there is not much they can do other than flex your leg and stretch. YOU CAN DO THIS ON YOUR OWN!!! Get out and stretch your leg muscles from time to time in order to minimize or avoid future knee issues.


Shoulder pain

Funny story, my left shoulder started hurting one day. It was a numb throbbing pain that would come and go. This went on for about a month. Then one day the pain jumped from a 2 to an 8 on the Richter scale, and I went to urgent care. They took X-rays and saw nothing wrong with my shoulder. The doctor told me it was arthritis. I countered that extreme pain from arthritis wouldn’t just appear out of nowhere like that, but she reminded me that I was getting old, and that the solution was to take medication (for the pain) for the rest of my life. Bah!

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The doctor also sent me to a sports physical therapist, who explained in great medical detail how my arm resting on the steering wheel at a 90 degree angle (from the shoulder point) was causing abnormal pressure which the human body isn’t supposed to have. Now consider that I have been doing this for about 3 years, and I drive for 6-14 hours at a stretch…. No wonder my shoulder hurts so much!

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The key to avoiding shoulder pain is bent elbows when you drive. If you drive with your hands at 10 & 2, make sure your elbows are bent. If you drape your arm over the passenger seat, bend your elbow. The body is not designed to have the arm extended straight out for prolonged periods of time.


Do your research

I wrote this chapter to raise awareness. It’s up to you to take the next step. We all have access to this amazing thing called the internet, and in between rides you can research all sorts of topics, such as “correct driving posture”. Take the time and do your homework. Prevention is MUCH better than PT care or surgery, trust me!


Hope this helps!
 
Mr T

Comments

tohunt4me

Well-Known Member
For those who are hyper aware of potential threats to your life, doing an activity that is consider statistically more dangerous than police work will wreck havoc on you from the mere fact that your stress levels remain elevated for a prolonged period of time. Stress is considered one of, if not the most damaging thing to one's health. It's called the silent killer. To put it simply, we are being taken for granted in one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and pax hate us for it because they were conditioned to hate us by the demonic marketing efforts by the industry that try to shift the focus to the driver instead of the real perpetrators of wrong doing, which is the industry itself.
Now pull over in that dark alley to take Another Needless UberSelfie.
 

SideSwipe

New Member
Driving for Uber (and Lyft) can cause long term health injuries, some that you might not think of. We think of diet, circulation, and that sort of thing, but there are other serious issues that drivers need to be aware of, and perhaps take care to avoid causing themselves permanent damage.


Back and neck pain

I remember my first day driving. I put in four hours before going home. It was non-stop, and I felt just fine… until I got out of the car. I could barely stand up straight! My back had been hunched in a sitting position for all that time, and when I stood up rapidly my back said “Whoa there, big fella, slow down!”

View attachment 379265

I cannot speak to any other individual’s health, endurance, tolerance, etc. But I know that back issues are very common, especially among people who drive a lot. Some questions to ask yourself: Is your drivers seat and driving posture on the healthier side of the spectrum? How is the lumbar support? Does your back hurt after a few hours of driving? Does your back randomly hurt on other days? Are your hips all the way against the seat when you drive, like they should be? Are you leaning forward, or leaned back? Do you slump sideways, or sit up straight?

Suggestion: Make an effort to GET OUT of your vehicle more often. Help people with luggage or groceries, even if they don’t need it. Open doors for little old ladies. When you are waiting 2+ minutes and aren’t sure how much longer it will be, get out and stretch. In between pings, wipe the bugs and stuff off your windows. Take time to go into a restaurant to get your food or coffee, instead of hitting the drive thru. Get out and walk around when you fill up the tank.

Oh, and sit properly.

View attachment 379266

Back pain is some serious stuff, so don’t treat it like it’s nothing more than a mild headache.


Knee pain

Your right leg works the gas and the brakes (hopefully), and your knee stays slightly bent during your shift. This can cause soreness and inflammation in your knee over time. Long time drivers know what I’m talking about!

Much like the back pain issue, the easiest solution is to get out and stretch from time to time. If you let it get bad and end up going to a doctor for severe knee pain, they are going to send you to physical therapy. At PT, there is not much they can do other than flex your leg and stretch. YOU CAN DO THIS ON YOUR OWN!!! Get out and stretch your leg muscles from time to time in order to minimize or avoid future knee issues.


Shoulder pain

Funny story, my left shoulder started hurting one day. It was a numb throbbing pain that would come and go. This went on for about a month. Then one day the pain jumped from a 2 to an 8 on the Richter scale, and I went to urgent care. They took X-rays and saw nothing wrong with my shoulder. The doctor told me it was arthritis. I countered that extreme pain from arthritis wouldn’t just appear out of nowhere like that, but she reminded me that I was getting old, and that the solution was to take medication (for the pain) for the rest of my life. Bah!

View attachment 379267

The doctor also sent me to a sports physical therapist, who explained in great medical detail how my arm resting on the steering wheel at a 90 degree angle (from the shoulder point) was causing abnormal pressure which the human body isn’t supposed to have. Now consider that I have been doing this for about 3 years, and I drive for 6-14 hours at a stretch…. No wonder my shoulder hurts so much!

View attachment 379268

The key to avoiding shoulder pain is bent elbows when you drive. If you drive with your hands at 10 & 2, make sure your elbows are bent. If you drape your arm over the passenger seat, bend your elbow. The body is not designed to have the arm extended straight out for prolonged periods of time.


Do your research

I wrote this chapter to raise awareness. It’s up to you to take the next step. We all have access to this amazing thing called the internet, and in between rides you can research all sorts of topics, such as “correct driving posture”. Take the time and do your homework. Prevention is MUCH better than PT care or surgery, trust me!


Hope this helps!
Hemorrhoids! that's the worst ask any truck driver.
 

doggerel

Well-Known Member
My friend in Florida just suffered a stroke in the middle of his brain. He is relearning how to use his right arm and leg again.

He did 5000 rides with Lyft/Uber in the last 3 years.

His doctor told him the driving job gave him the stroke. The constant sitting. No real exercise. BP rising and he didn't know it.
 

DriverRI

Active Member
My friend in Florida just suffered a stroke in the middle of his brain. He is relearning how to use his right arm and leg again.

He did 5000 rides with Lyft/Uber in the last 3 years.

His doctor told him the driving job gave him the stroke. The constant sitting. No real exercise. BP rising and he didn't know it.
A wake up call for all of us to be more active... how old is he?
 

Dinoberra

Well-Known Member
Driving for Uber (and Lyft) can cause long term health injuries, some that you might not think of. We think of diet, circulation, and that sort of thing, but there are other serious issues that drivers need to be aware of, and perhaps take care to avoid causing themselves permanent damage.


Back and neck pain

I remember my first day driving. I put in four hours before going home. It was non-stop, and I felt just fine… until I got out of the car. I could barely stand up straight! My back had been hunched in a sitting position for all that time, and when I stood up rapidly my back said “Whoa there, big fella, slow down!”

View attachment 379265

I cannot speak to any other individual’s health, endurance, tolerance, etc. But I know that back issues are very common, especially among people who drive a lot. Some questions to ask yourself: Is your drivers seat and driving posture on the healthier side of the spectrum? How is the lumbar support? Does your back hurt after a few hours of driving? Does your back randomly hurt on other days? Are your hips all the way against the seat when you drive, like they should be? Are you leaning forward, or leaned back? Do you slump sideways, or sit up straight?

Suggestion: Make an effort to GET OUT of your vehicle more often. Help people with luggage or groceries, even if they don’t need it. Open doors for little old ladies. When you are waiting 2+ minutes and aren’t sure how much longer it will be, get out and stretch. In between pings, wipe the bugs and stuff off your windows. Take time to go into a restaurant to get your food or coffee, instead of hitting the drive thru. Get out and walk around when you fill up the tank.

Oh, and sit properly.

View attachment 379266

Back pain is some serious stuff, so don’t treat it like it’s nothing more than a mild headache.


Knee pain

Your right leg works the gas and the brakes (hopefully), and your knee stays slightly bent during your shift. This can cause soreness and inflammation in your knee over time. Long time drivers know what I’m talking about!

Much like the back pain issue, the easiest solution is to get out and stretch from time to time. If you let it get bad and end up going to a doctor for severe knee pain, they are going to send you to physical therapy. At PT, there is not much they can do other than flex your leg and stretch. YOU CAN DO THIS ON YOUR OWN!!! Get out and stretch your leg muscles from time to time in order to minimize or avoid future knee issues.


Shoulder pain

Funny story, my left shoulder started hurting one day. It was a numb throbbing pain that would come and go. This went on for about a month. Then one day the pain jumped from a 2 to an 8 on the Richter scale, and I went to urgent care. They took X-rays and saw nothing wrong with my shoulder. The doctor told me it was arthritis. I countered that extreme pain from arthritis wouldn’t just appear out of nowhere like that, but she reminded me that I was getting old, and that the solution was to take medication (for the pain) for the rest of my life. Bah!

View attachment 379267

The doctor also sent me to a sports physical therapist, who explained in great medical detail how my arm resting on the steering wheel at a 90 degree angle (from the shoulder point) was causing abnormal pressure which the human body isn’t supposed to have. Now consider that I have been doing this for about 3 years, and I drive for 6-14 hours at a stretch…. No wonder my shoulder hurts so much!

View attachment 379268

The key to avoiding shoulder pain is bent elbows when you drive. If you drive with your hands at 10 & 2, make sure your elbows are bent. If you drape your arm over the passenger seat, bend your elbow. The body is not designed to have the arm extended straight out for prolonged periods of time.


Do your research

I wrote this chapter to raise awareness. It’s up to you to take the next step. We all have access to this amazing thing called the internet, and in between rides you can research all sorts of topics, such as “correct driving posture”. Take the time and do your homework. Prevention is MUCH better than PT care or surgery, trust me!


Hope this helps!
Gotta workout, drink water, and eat less to combat the constant sitting. Sitting is terrible for human health.
 

ANiME

Member
Driving for Uber (and Lyft) can cause long term health injuries, some that you might not think of. We think of diet, circulation, and that sort of thing, but there are other serious issues that drivers need to be aware of, and perhaps take care to avoid causing themselves permanent damage.


Back and neck pain

I remember my first day driving. I put in four hours before going home. It was non-stop, and I felt just fine… until I got out of the car. I could barely stand up straight! My back had been hunched in a sitting position for all that time, and when I stood up rapidly my back said “Whoa there, big fella, slow down!”

View attachment 379265

I cannot speak to any other individual’s health, endurance, tolerance, etc. But I know that back issues are very common, especially among people who drive a lot. Some questions to ask yourself: Is your drivers seat and driving posture on the healthier side of the spectrum? How is the lumbar support? Does your back hurt after a few hours of driving? Does your back randomly hurt on other days? Are your hips all the way against the seat when you drive, like they should be? Are you leaning forward, or leaned back? Do you slump sideways, or sit up straight?

Suggestion: Make an effort to GET OUT of your vehicle more often. Help people with luggage or groceries, even if they don’t need it. Open doors for little old ladies. When you are waiting 2+ minutes and aren’t sure how much longer it will be, get out and stretch. In between pings, wipe the bugs and stuff off your windows. Take time to go into a restaurant to get your food or coffee, instead of hitting the drive thru. Get out and walk around when you fill up the tank.

Oh, and sit properly.

View attachment 379266

Back pain is some serious stuff, so don’t treat it like it’s nothing more than a mild headache.


Knee pain

Your right leg works the gas and the brakes (hopefully), and your knee stays slightly bent during your shift. This can cause soreness and inflammation in your knee over time. Long time drivers know what I’m talking about!

Much like the back pain issue, the easiest solution is to get out and stretch from time to time. If you let it get bad and end up going to a doctor for severe knee pain, they are going to send you to physical therapy. At PT, there is not much they can do other than flex your leg and stretch. YOU CAN DO THIS ON YOUR OWN!!! Get out and stretch your leg muscles from time to time in order to minimize or avoid future knee issues.


Shoulder pain

Funny story, my left shoulder started hurting one day. It was a numb throbbing pain that would come and go. This went on for about a month. Then one day the pain jumped from a 2 to an 8 on the Richter scale, and I went to urgent care. They took X-rays and saw nothing wrong with my shoulder. The doctor told me it was arthritis. I countered that extreme pain from arthritis wouldn’t just appear out of nowhere like that, but she reminded me that I was getting old, and that the solution was to take medication (for the pain) for the rest of my life. Bah!

View attachment 379267

The doctor also sent me to a sports physical therapist, who explained in great medical detail how my arm resting on the steering wheel at a 90 degree angle (from the shoulder point) was causing abnormal pressure which the human body isn’t supposed to have. Now consider that I have been doing this for about 3 years, and I drive for 6-14 hours at a stretch…. No wonder my shoulder hurts so much!

View attachment 379268

The key to avoiding shoulder pain is bent elbows when you drive. If you drive with your hands at 10 & 2, make sure your elbows are bent. If you drape your arm over the passenger seat, bend your elbow. The body is not designed to have the arm extended straight out for prolonged periods of time.


Do your research

I wrote this chapter to raise awareness. It’s up to you to take the next step. We all have access to this amazing thing called the internet, and in between rides you can research all sorts of topics, such as “correct driving posture”. Take the time and do your homework. Prevention is MUCH better than PT care or surgery, trust me!


Hope this helps!
Well I have all the Above! And I do drive the right way ✅

Uber (Lyft) also causes Mental problems such as Depression and Anxiety!
I’ve never had these things until I started driving with Uber (Lyft)!
but who knows I could be wrong! 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

Milkn808s

New Member
I've got tendinitis in my left arm from loading suitcases
Ice that shit
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It's a highly hazardous occupation.
High risk high reward
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I get welts on the back of my thighs and butt if I sit too long.
My left cheek gets so sore I gotta massage it out and look weird af at the red lights massaging the left side of my butt, but yolo.
 

Uberscum

Well-Known Member
Great article!

I've been driving for 90% of my adult life and I can attest to the shoulder pain and my right foot from the gas and the brake Fiasco. In fact my right foot is just about 98% healed, for the last week and a half it was all swollen with fluid and I could barely walk, but I had to still drive for Uber to make a living.

Couple of years ago I had a pain from my back left part of my body right under the shoulder blade and the pain would go all the way down to my fingertips it lasted 2 weeks. I went to the VA hospital and they took x-rays telling me I have degenerative arthritis. It's much better right now I don't get the tingling anymore but the pain sometimes creeps up, getting old is horrible.
 

Uberchampion

Well-Known Member
Driving for Uber (and Lyft) can cause long term health injuries, some that you might not think of. We think of diet, circulation, and that sort of thing, but there are other serious issues that drivers need to be aware of, and perhaps take care to avoid causing themselves permanent damage.


Back and neck pain

I remember my first day driving. I put in four hours before going home. It was non-stop, and I felt just fine… until I got out of the car. I could barely stand up straight! My back had been hunched in a sitting position for all that time, and when I stood up rapidly my back said “Whoa there, big fella, slow down!”

View attachment 379265

I cannot speak to any other individual’s health, endurance, tolerance, etc. But I know that back issues are very common, especially among people who drive a lot. Some questions to ask yourself: Is your drivers seat and driving posture on the healthier side of the spectrum? How is the lumbar support? Does your back hurt after a few hours of driving? Does your back randomly hurt on other days? Are your hips all the way against the seat when you drive, like they should be? Are you leaning forward, or leaned back? Do you slump sideways, or sit up straight?

Suggestion: Make an effort to GET OUT of your vehicle more often. Help people with luggage or groceries, even if they don’t need it. Open doors for little old ladies. When you are waiting 2+ minutes and aren’t sure how much longer it will be, get out and stretch. In between pings, wipe the bugs and stuff off your windows. Take time to go into a restaurant to get your food or coffee, instead of hitting the drive thru. Get out and walk around when you fill up the tank.

Oh, and sit properly.

View attachment 379266

Back pain is some serious stuff, so don’t treat it like it’s nothing more than a mild headache.


Knee pain

Your right leg works the gas and the brakes (hopefully), and your knee stays slightly bent during your shift. This can cause soreness and inflammation in your knee over time. Long time drivers know what I’m talking about!

Much like the back pain issue, the easiest solution is to get out and stretch from time to time. If you let it get bad and end up going to a doctor for severe knee pain, they are going to send you to physical therapy. At PT, there is not much they can do other than flex your leg and stretch. YOU CAN DO THIS ON YOUR OWN!!! Get out and stretch your leg muscles from time to time in order to minimize or avoid future knee issues.


Shoulder pain

Funny story, my left shoulder started hurting one day. It was a numb throbbing pain that would come and go. This went on for about a month. Then one day the pain jumped from a 2 to an 8 on the Richter scale, and I went to urgent care. They took X-rays and saw nothing wrong with my shoulder. The doctor told me it was arthritis. I countered that extreme pain from arthritis wouldn’t just appear out of nowhere like that, but she reminded me that I was getting old, and that the solution was to take medication (for the pain) for the rest of my life. Bah!

View attachment 379267

The doctor also sent me to a sports physical therapist, who explained in great medical detail how my arm resting on the steering wheel at a 90 degree angle (from the shoulder point) was causing abnormal pressure which the human body isn’t supposed to have. Now consider that I have been doing this for about 3 years, and I drive for 6-14 hours at a stretch…. No wonder my shoulder hurts so much!

View attachment 379268

The key to avoiding shoulder pain is bent elbows when you drive. If you drive with your hands at 10 & 2, make sure your elbows are bent. If you drape your arm over the passenger seat, bend your elbow. The body is not designed to have the arm extended straight out for prolonged periods of time.


Do your research

I wrote this chapter to raise awareness. It’s up to you to take the next step. We all have access to this amazing thing called the internet, and in between rides you can research all sorts of topics, such as “correct driving posture”. Take the time and do your homework. Prevention is MUCH better than PT care or surgery, trust me!


Hope this helps!
After driving for Uber, I now have a crack in my ass.
 
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