Many trades, such as carpet fitting and gardening, call for workers to spend prolonged amounts of time kneeling to enable them to do their job. Over time, those who undertake these repetitive tasks may develop pain, swelling and stiffness in the knee joints and face a high risk of injuries such as meniscal cartilage lesion and tears and degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, due to general wear and tear of the soft tissue within the knee.
Acute damage to the knee does not just affect working conditions, but can also make it difficult to do simple everyday task such as walking up flights of stairs or getting in and out of the bath. Pain can be so severe that it interferes with quality of life and sleep.
Treatments such as physiotherapy and steroid injections in to the knee may help reduce pain and improve mobility, but if these treatments fail, major knee replacement surgery may be needed. According to the National Joint Registry Statistics there were a total of 96,986 knee replacements performed across England, Wales, Northern Island and Isle of Man in 2014. The single largest indication recorded for primary knee replacement procedure surgery was osteoarthritis, (which occurs when there is damage in and around the joints that the body cannot fully repair) recorded in 97% of all procedures.
Taking precautions, to ensure that correct knee protection is used in the work place is vital, to avoid long term ‘wear and tear’ damage and prevent expensive down time loss of earnings.
Redbacks Knee Pads, winners of the 2012 SATRA Best Innovation in Occupational PPE Award, are a uniquely designed form of knee protection that that can help do just that. Redbacks revolutionary, cushioning technology, distributes body weight evenly, elevating the knees to relieve back pain and reduces pressure on knee, leg, ankle and foot joints, while protecting the knee against penetration from sharp objects.
The secret behind the technology lies in a soft and highly flexible leaf-spring, set within a unique honeycomb matrix. When pressure is applied directly above the spring it bends, dispersing the pressure and distributing the weight evenly throughout, while the matrix provides a secure, flexible holding structure for the leaf-spring helping to control its bend and stabilise the entire formation.
This technology gives the pads a high compression rate and 100% recovery to their original shape, which means no loss of function over time, unlike conventional foam pads.
Redbacks knee pads are available as slide in trouser pocket pads or in a strap on version.
Coming soon……. Redbacks kneeler, a one piece pad which can be used both indoors and outdoors for kneeling or sitting on. Keep an eye out for updates on its release date.