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Being a police officer isn’t easy – everyone knows this. But aside from the danger and risk every officer takes, there are also common police officer injuries that happen and can sideline – or even end – a career.
Every day, officers sustain common police officer injuries by simply doing their jobs. But there are a few ways to prevent – or lessen the severity of – some of these ailments. According to a study done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, more than 660,000 injuries required medical treatment from 2003-2014.
While officers can’t prevent all injuries – the very nature of the job is dangerous and involves risk – there are some things that can be done. And if you are injured on the job, you might be eligible for workers’ compensation or disability.
Here are some common police officer injuries, and how to prevent them. Read on:
Riding for hours in cars. Subduing and restraining suspects. Wearing heavy belts with equipment. Let’s face it: Being a police officer is hard on your back and injuries are common. There are things, however, that can be done. Take frequent breaks from sitting and do some light yoga or stretching before your shift.
Seeing a chiropractor can also help ease pain.
Repetitive motion injuries
Doing the same thing, the same way, over and over again can cause muscle and joint damage – otherwise known as a repetitive motion injury. Think carpal tunnel syndrome.
Police officers are prone to these kinds of injuries but they don’t have to be a given. Working out or doing yoga or Pilates just a few days a week (and not even for hours and hours!) can help prevent these injuries by stretching and strengthening those muscles and ligaments.
Also, see a doctor. If your knee or wrist hurts, there is a reason. Don’t wait until it’s screaming at you.
We know that being a police officer is mentally and physically demanding. And that it is just part of the job. But overexertion is a real threat to officers and there are things you can do to manage both physical and mental stress before it is too late.
Exercise, proper hydration and diet and managing your mental health by talking to a therapist, religious counselor or trusted friend are necessary.
Connor Kimmet and Hafenstein LLP
If you or someone is a police officer with an injury, contact us today for a consultation. We will make sure your rights are protected and you get the help you deserve.