What can I do to reduce my risk of knee injury?

Despite the evidence that suggests knee injury and prolonged knee damage is most common in the trades industry, there are still a few things you can do in your working day to reduce your risk of developing a long term health condition. Here's a few we've identified:
  1. Stretch it out/Micro Breaks

Injuries such as bursitis can result from repetitive movement of the knee or kneeling for long periods. Bursitis is the build-up of fluid over the knee joint and particularly affects people in certain jobs such as floor layers or tillers where constant kneeling is required. Regular ‘micro breaks’ of 10-20 seconds should be taken to extend the leg and allow the knee to return to resting position. This will allow blood flow and decrease the risk of injury.

Stressed Tradesman

 

  1. Avoid Twisting

 Avoid shock loading, sharp movements, or sudden twisting/ changes in direction. Although you may associate twisting with spinal movement, anytime you twist your spine you may also be stressing your knees. Rather than twisting, pivot and shift your feet to face the new direction.

 

  1. Raise your work station

Can you add an extension on your tool so you can work at waist height instead of kneeling? Consider work positioning and reduce the risk of injury through adapting your surroundings to your needs. For example, raising the work piece off the ground to avoid kneeling or crouching.

Gardeners Stool

  1. Use Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment

Using kneeling stools and knee pads have numerous benefits. They’ll make kneeling more comfortable, reduce your risk of cutting and grazing the skin and reduce pressure on your knee and potentially reduce your risk of suffering from knee relation conditions such as bursitis and osteoarthritis later in life.

‘If knee protectors are used, the pressure will be distributed over a greater area of the knee. The direct load on the bursae will thereby be reduced with a consequently reduced risk of developing bursitis’ (Kirkeskov, 1996)

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1 comment

  • Hello Victoria Hamilton hope you doing well & thanks for sharing this post with us it is really helpful.

    Sunil Medapati

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