What are Lower Limb Disorders?
What are LLDs?
Answer: Lower limb disorders (LLDs) affect the legs and feet, from hips to toes. About 80% of damage to the hips, knees and legs at work is due to overuse. Workers may report lower limb pain, aching and numbness without a specific disease being identified or present.
What causes LLDs?
Answer: Scientific evidence suggests that there are several recognised diseases of the lower limb which can be work related such as: hip and knee osteoarthritis; knee bursitis, meniscal lesions/tears; stress fracture/reaction injury and varicose veins of the lower legs.
What are the symptoms of LLDs?
Answer: Pain, tenderness or stiffness of the joint, unable to straighten or bend those joints. Tenderness aches and pains, stiffness, weakness, tingling, numbness, cramp and swelling to your muscles of the lower limbs. These symptoms may suggest overuse or some underlying condition and if you are concerned seek advice from your Doctor/GP.
What law applies to LLDs?
Answer: Employers have legal duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to ensure the health and safety of employees at work and assess and reduce potential risks. These duties extend to preventing work-related lower limb disorders (LLDs) or stopping them getting worse. Your employer has a duty to do something if there is a problem which your work is causing or if it is aggravating existing symptoms and may be able to refer you to an occupational health provider for some medical help.
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