9 jobs bad for your joints

Construction Workers

Working in the construction industry poses many arthritis risks. Lifting heavy weights incorrectly and without the right assistance is a significant arthritis risk factor. Another cause of arthritis is using tools that vibrate. “People who use air hammers constantly have a higher instance of getting problems in their hands, wrists, and shoulders,” says Dr. Gall. The solution: Diversify so that you perform many other tasks on site and, for better arthritis prevention, take lots of breaks.


The life of an elite musician might be enviable, but it is also hard work that requires a lot of repetitive motion, which could be a cause of arthritis. “Musicians often have loose joints, which allows them to do what they do, just like dancers and gymnasts," Gall says. "However, they are also at increased risk for injuring those joints.” Arthritis prevention depends on the instrument. For example, a violinist might need to relearn how to hold a bow to reduce strain on the wrist, elbow, and shoulder.


Teachers and a multitude of other professionals stay on their feet all day. For them, foot arthritis is a real concern, Gall says. “Get good footwear,” he advises for arthritis prevention. That means flat or low-heeled shoes that provide support all around the foot and under the arch. Doing your job in high heels every day can increase arthritis risk because of the uneven pressure on parts of your foot, which leads to bunions and stress on the many joints in your foot.

Lumber Workers

“People doing heavy lifting have an increased prevalence of back arthritis,” says Gall, who has worked with the lumber industry to develop arthritis prevention programs. Strategies include learning how to lift correctly, encouraging employees to stay fit and healthy (which helps reduce strain on joints), and making changes in work assignments to avoid aggravating an existing back injury and arthritis symptoms. “The industry is aware of the issues and cuts down on risk where possible,” Gall adds.

Professional Athletes

Your secret dream of being a professional football or basketball player probably doesn’t include aching joints, but arthritis of the knees and hips is a reality for many athletes. Think about being tackled daily at high speeds by people weighing several hundred pounds, Gall says. Arthritis prevention is tailored to the specific sport. For example, professional basketball players often have to learn how to fall on their buttocks so that they don’t injure their wrists, he says.


Dance is beautiful and dramatic, but over the years, it can be one of the causes of arthritis in almost every joint. Ankles and hips are likely candidates for arthritis symptoms as ballet dancers age, for example. Staying fit, taking good care of joints, and taking time to heal after any injury are the best arthritis prevention strategies. “With elite musicians, athletes, and dancers, you can’t just tell them to stop doing what they do,” observes Gall.

Textile Workers

People who work in mass production situations, such as textile or clothing manufacturing, often find they end up with arthritis in joints related to their repeated motions. For example, women who must frequently reach overhead as part of a production line routine are likely to develop arthritis from shoulder to hand. Good posture, learning correct motions, and taking breaks or doing alternative tasks can help ease the stress on joints and limit arthritis symptoms.

Truck Drivers

Though romanticized as the owners of the long-distance road, truck drivers are also at increased risk for arthritis. Heavy lifting and poor posture both contribute to higher rates of back arthritis. Learning good posture, shifting position often, and using devices such as dollies to do the lifting and moving of goods can all help with arthritis prevention.

Health Care Workers

Nurses and paramedics often have to carry or half-carry heavy loads: patients. Carrying heavy weight puts the back at risk and also increases the risk for knee arthritis. Fortunately, the health care industry has made many accommodations for injury and arthritis prevention. To avoid arthritis symptoms, health care workers should always take advantage of rolling gurneys, wheelchairs, and the assistance of other workers before trying to lift and carry patients on their own.

Source: http://www.everydayhealth.com/arthritis-pictures/9-worst-jobs-for-your-joints.aspx#/slide-1

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