Circulation is Key
If you have ever participated in an ergonomic evaluation, then you already know that ergonomists are highly concerned with the angles of joints ? hips, elbows, knees, etc? Why? Because delivering oxygen to the muscles allows them to operate at their peek performance. Some Orthopedists are starting to connect the dots to dry tendons or tears in tendons to the use of knee pads.
Identifying Knee Pad Problems
How do you know if the knee pads aren?t working ? simple, just look at their ankles. When workers start their day, they typically don their knee pad. But after a few hours on the job, the knee pads are protecting their ankle. They become so uncomfortable that workers move the pads down the leg because they don?t want to carry them in their pockets.
So, what?s the alternative? Why is this beneficial? The first benefit is that the pads are always in the right place ? protecting the knee. Secondarily, the knee pad doesn?t have to rely on straps or elastic to stay in place. The pad is held in place by a pocket that is designed into the work pants. This allows free movement of the leg in the pants without creating pinching, sweating, or other discomfort. Most importantly there is no lost circulation due to the knee pad, which eliminates the potential for dried out tendons.
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Knee Injury Could this be you?
Twenty years ago, while working as a carpenter, Chris suddenly developed knee pain. Although he went to the doctor, he didn?t think it was serious enough for the arthroscopic surgery the doctor ordered. Several years later, the pain returned. This time the doctor?s visit revealed a tear in his meniscus, which had apparently been there all along. Chris finally had surgery to repair the tear, but a complication left him in worse pain than before. This led to total knee replacement and although he?s now pain free, he has lost range of motion. Chris offers advice to his fellow construction workers: ?Don?t be the macho man; get your injuries treated timely and avoid complications later.? How could an injury impact your home life? ? Lower income ? Chronic knee pain ? Loss of career ? Reduced cash flow ? Loss of quality time with family What puts you at risk? Tasks that involve frequent stooping, kneeling, or squatting puts your knees at risk for injury. The knee is made up of muscles that move the knee joints; tendons and ligaments that provide stability; cartilage to absorb shock; and the bursa, a small sac of fluid under the kneecap that lubricates your knee so it moves easily. All of these are susceptible to injury through excessive wear and tear or continual stress. Activities that stress your knee ? Kneeling or squatting for long periods of time ? Repetitive kneeling or squatting ? Contact stress Kneeling and squatting: Overstretches the ligaments and squeezes the bursa. Excessive kneeling or squatting can cause irritation, inflammation, and pain. If the ligaments in your knee become too unstable, your knee may give out when you pivot your foot to turn and walk.
Overexertion: Tendonitis, or inflammation of the ten- don, is often a result of overuse or overexertion of the knee. Overexerting the muscles around your knee can also lead to tearing and pain. Continuing to use your knee while in pain will only delay healing and may lead to long-term damage. Contact stress: Using your knee as a hammer or kneeling on a hard floor are both examples of contact stress. Excessive kneeling can cause the bursa to become irritated, leading to pain, inflammation, and limited range of motion.*
BENEFITS OF USING KNEE PADS
WHEN WORK BRINGS YOU TO YOUR KNEES
Its possible you can safely propose to you loved one on bended knees without wearing knee pads. But if your occupation or home improvement project brings you to your knees for prolonged periods, knee pads definitely need to be a part of your Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kit?as essential to protecting your well-being as safety glasses, puncture-proof gloves, back braces, or other safety devices.
Significantly, if not surprisingly, workers in occupations that require prolonged periods on their knees have the highest incidence of traumatic knee injury. Take carpet laying, for example. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), carpet layers comprise .06% of the workforce, but account for 6.2% of all workman's compensation claims for traumatic knee injury.1 Carpet layers win the dubious honor of being the most prone to knee injury because, in addition to kneeling on hard surfaces, they also use a knee kicker to stretch carpet. The next most likely occupation to cause knee injury is tile setting, followed by floor laying, followed closely by a variety of other on-your-knees jobs.
When you kneel, the majority of your body weight concentrates on your knees, which are protected by a thin layer of cartilage and tissue called the meniscus and the patella, or kneecap (see illustration).The menisci cushion the knee joints and allow pain free movement. Normal activity over a lifetime eventually wears them down. Without some kind of protection, prolonged kneeling, exacerbated by "walking" on your knees, hastens the damage and can tear the meniscus cartilage. The kneecap, only 2 inches around and 1 1/4 inch thick, and the surrounding tissue that keeps it floating in front of the joints can also be injured.
Some specific injuries that can result are:
- Deep Vein Thrombosis DVT,
- Bursitis, which is the inflammation of small fluid sacs that cushion and lubricate the knee.
- Tendinitis or tendinosis, caused by inflammation of or small tears to tendons.
- Pica syndrome, when knee ligaments become thickened or unnaturally folded.
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome, indicated by pain in the front of the knee related to the kneecap.
- Tears of the meniscus, the rubbery cushions that protect the knee joints.
In some cases healing requires resting your knees?giving them a break from the pressure of kneeling. Some injuries, such as a torn meniscus, may require surgery.
The benefits anyone can receive from knee padded trousers is truly unmeasurable and truly can be used by anyone even doctors and nurses, babies and kids (Our knee padded system can be attached to any pant garment).