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Published on May 10, 2009 by Edgar Snyder

Surprisingly "Painful" Jobs

surprisingly painful jobs

There are some professions where the risk of pain and injury seem par for the course, but ABC News has revealed several "painful" careers that may come as a surprise, including nurse aides and truck drivers. Sometimes it's not physical risk that leads to injury in these types of jobs, but rather repeated motions or lack of bodily movement, stretching, or sleep.

Nurse aides missed the most days of work due to injuries, according to a November 2007 report by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Lifting, maneuvering heavy patients, and bending to assist patients with daily functions are all factors. Prevention is the best treatment, so ask for help if you need it.

The article says that although truck drivers don't perform much manual labor, sitting in one position for long periods of time, often with poor back support, can cause various aches and pains. Also, the heavy lifting and pulling required to prepare a truck for a trip can be strenuous. Exercise and stretching is recommended but difficult because of the limited opportunities for trucks to pull off the road.

Here's ABC's complete list of 10 painful professions:

  1. Police officer
  2. Firefighter
  3. Truck driver
  4. Pilot
  5. Musician
  6. Blogger
  7. Stunt person
  8. Construction worker
  9. Nurse aid
  10. Dancer

Injuries sustained at work can be serious and have life-changing effects. If you've been hurt on the job or would like information on workers compensation claims, you can visit our law firm's website to learn more.

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