As the old expression goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to personal health, this rings especially true. It only makes sense that your health would be one of the most important things in life. After all, you only get one body, so why not take good care of it?
Most people would never think about skipping maintenance and oil changes on their personal autos. However, millions of Americans do not take the time to go to the doctor for check-ups, routine physicals, or health risk assessments. This trend is even more of a problem among the general truck driver population.
Rather than treating a condition after it has grown into a larger problem, preventative care aims to catch potential health issues in the early stages. Risk factors can be identified and dealt with sooner, not later.
For example, thanks to preventative care, some are able to knock out cancer in its early stages. Others with chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol learn what steps to take to reduce symptoms and improve their quality of life. In short, prevention is always easier that curing.
Convenient Care Clinics
The best way to implement a preventative care plan is through a Primary Care Physician or family doctor. However, a primary care physician is not always convenient for an OTR truck driver. This is NOT an excuse for not paying attention to your health!
Convenient Care Clinics (CCC’s) are a great solution for the typical OTR driver dealing with a hectic schedule. Thousands of CCC’s are located across the US, usually located in pharmacies or big box stores such as CVS or Walmart. No appointments are necessary and extended hours mean you can walk in at a time that better fits into your schedule. There is often little wait time, and the average visit takes 20-30 minutes.
They are staffed by qualified personnel, so you will not be sacrificing quality for convenience. The cost is relatively cheap (between $30-$70) and typically can be turned in to insurance for reimbursement.