Kneesy Does It from Dickies
During their working lives motor mechanics and tyre fitters must spend hundreds of hours working on their knees. This unavoidable practice is not only uncomfortable but can be extremely painful, particularly when a small piece of debris is accidentally knelt upon. But a more serious and long-term injury can result from long hours working on the knees.
Prepatellar bursitis is more commonly known as housemaid’s knee. But despite its comical sounding name this complaint can be very debilitating. Every moving joint in the body is lubricated by synovial fluid. This fluid is produced in small sacs (bursae) that surround the joint. Problems arise when the bursa becomes inflamed which restricts movement. Other symptoms include the swelling of the knee joint, tenderness and pain.
Friction between the knee and hard surfaces is a common cause of prepatellar bursitis. To prevent this painful condition, Dickies (UK) fit kneepad pouches that take flexible cushioned kneepads in two styles of coveralls from its popular Redhawk range. The lightweight kneepads, also available from Dickies, are made from a copolymer called EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate). Easily inserted in to the knee pad pouches, the knee pads are designed to bend with the knee offering excellent protection and comfort.
Medical experts advise that the best way to avoid prepatellar bursitis is to refrain from kneeling for long periods, almost impossible for mechanics and tyre fitters, or to use protective cushions. The Redhawk Zip Front and Stud Front Coveralls featuring kneepad pouches and Dickies cushioned kneepads are a practical, effective and inexpensive way of achieving the latter.
In addition to the kneepad facility, Dickies Redhawk Zip Front and Stud Front Coveralls feature numerous pockets, a tab for a mobile phone holster and either side elastication or full back elastication to allow free movement. Made from a hardwearing Polyester/cotton fabric, these garments provide excellent protection from the oil, grease and grime that is unavoidable for those working at the sharp end of the automotive industry.