FMCSA commissions research on truckers' lower back pain

| 7/17/2006

Does your back hurt? If so, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would like to know why.

In a partnership with the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the FMCSA has announced that Dr. Eric Wood, associate residency program director at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, will receive the first grant ever given under the Medical Fellow Research Program to study the problem.

According to a press release from the school Wood’s research will include performing a cross-sectional study of 200 commercial motor vehicle drivers from several large trucking firms to investigate risk factors for low back pain and impairment potentially related to treatment and medication usage associated with pain in the lower back.

“Dr. Woods’ research is important for the field because it will help identify the risk factors for low back pain in this population and provide information to investigate methods to help modify these risk factors and reduce the morbidity and costs associated with these disorders,” ACOEM President Cheryl Barbanel said in the press release.

FMCSA figures indicate commercial motor vehicle drivers are 50 to 75 percent more likely to have low back disorders.