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
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.