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Denizens, watch your back

Himabindu Reddy, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, November 26, 2012
First Published: 01:37 IST(26/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:38 IST(26/11/2012)

Not sitting in the correct position while driving can take a heavy toll on your body.
According to experts, five out of every 20 persons in Gurgaon complain of body aches because of wrong posture while driving.


"It is very important to adjust the driver's seat for appropriate lumbar support and to maintain the correct angle of posture. It is not a big deal, but it is a very basic, logical and practical aspect of driving," said Bhavishya Gaba, general manager of Maruti Driving School.

Elaborating on the posture, he added that the lower part of the seat and the back rest have to be adjusted to a specific angle to achieve the correct posture — 100 degrees to 110 degrees.

Despite a strong influx of migrants and big corporate firms established here, the city's public transport system is still at its infant stage, with limited Metro connectivity, low frequency of city bus service and a literally nonexistent car-pooling culture. This forces residents to pull out their cars even for short distances.

As many as 50,000 cars are registered every year in the city. The result being, dwellers of this swanky city hop into their cars; get stuck in long traffic jams and end up with a medical condition — recently termed as repetitive driving injuries.
The term was coined in the UK after a survey revealed that 48 per cent of drivers in the English countryside suffer from strain injuries caused due to driving. The condition falls under the umbrella of repetitive strain or stress injuries - an occupational or lifestyle hazard.

According Dr AP Singh, former president of Gurgaon Orthopaedic Society, this condition prevails among people in the age group of 25-40.

"From 25 years of age onwards, people tend to focus entirely on their careers, without paying heed to their bodies. The corporate lifestyle is passively hazardous and a major cause for such disorders," Dr AP Singh, said.

Shrikant Sharma is one such example. The 26-year-old works with a BPO and drives for one-and-a-half hours every day.

"I had undergone treatment for my back from an orthopaedic surgeon and he had advised me complete bed rest for two weeks. Now, I have to use a belt on my driving seat to avoid jerks," said Sharma. Then, there’s 24-year-old Shweta Sharma who suffers from the same problem. She used to drive three hours every day to reach her office and gradually developed chronic backache.  

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