Top 5 Jobs That Are Hard On Your Joints

Joint_Replacement Work of any sort, even sitting at a desk, can be hard on your joints. A handful of occupations are repeat offenders for their employees eventually needing a joint replacement.

Construction Workers

Working outside, pushing and pulling heavy loads of equipment, and frequent twisting or bending can cause trouble for construction workers. Back injuries are very common, which is why proper lifting and moving techniques are so important for these workers.


You may not consider retail work as difficult, but bending, twisting, reaching, and walking on concrete or hard surface floors break down joints. Pain, stiffness, and trouble moving are the results. Add lifting heavy boxes or pushing pallets of product and this can be a recipe for damage–especially if a worker is improperly performing these tasks.


Collisions and tackles, rapidly changing direction, jumping, uneven surfaces, and just general running all take their toll on joints. A torn meniscus or ligament has the capacity to end a season (or a career), and often requires corrective surgery. Athletes will likely need joint replacement surgery at some point in their lifetime when the joint becomes unstable or painful.

Factory Workers

Repetitive motion injuries involving wrists, hands, and lower back are a frequent complaint of factory or assembly line workers. Stretching regularly, using offsetting positions, taking breaks, and making sure the workstation is arranged ergonomically will help minimize injury, but unfortunately these jobs eventually will take their toll on a person’s body.

Health Care

Doctors, nurses, and interns must lift patients sometimes without the aid of a partner or the patient. Back injuries are very prevalent in the health care field, as are knee and hip problems due to long days walking on hard floors.

Personnel in the above fields commonly need joint replacement or other attention from an orthopedic surgeon. If your job is very demanding on your joints, talk to your doctor for ways to minimize the impact and protect your body.

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