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  • Duty Belt Injuries

    With all of the gear that you guys have to carry on your duty belts, I was wondering if any of you have experienced any injuries as a result (eg. back, hip, sciatic nerve etc.)

    Some issues I would be interested in hearing about:

    a) what was the injured area?
    b) was it a long term or short term injury?
    c) how you dealt with the injury (lightening the load, changing equipment placement, improving fitness, etc.)
    d) did you require medical attention?
    e) any other info you can provide

    Thanks in advance everyone.

  • #2
    Back injuries are very common. I had mine go out for about 3 weeks lst year. It was quite a wake-up. I've had an exercise program since then that has helped.

    Injury was soft-tissue lower back, nonspecific.
    I lightened my load by about 2 pounds, but have since added it back and moved it.

    Mine required a trip to the E.R. (some of my co-workers hauled me out on a back board in my minivan).

    I hope it helps.

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    • #3
      Also look into suspenders. There are several departments that require them, as they will significantly reduce workman's compensation claims. I had a pinched nerve, and as a result of the specific exercise program, and the suspenders, I have had ZERO issues since. Once you wear the suspenders, 12 hours in the bat belt feels like 1 or 2.

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      • #4
        Two permanent bruises on my hips.

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        • #5
          ***I understand that this thread is 8 years old, but instead of starting a new topic...***

          For the past 6 months or so, I've been having terrible pain in my thighs throughout my shift while seated in my squad. My double cuff-holder is digging into my right thigh and my magazine pouch is digging into my left thigh. I've flipped my mag pouch from vertical to horizontal, and that helped somewhat but did not eliminate the pain. When I remove my duty belt at the end of my 12 hour shift, my legs are numb for approximately five minutes.

          Anyone else have this issue and know of any possible solutions? Would suspenders help?
          "I assume you all have guns and crack."

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          • #6
            You may be pinching off the Lateral Femoral Cutaneous or femoral nerve; which are situated right where the pouches often press. I have dealt with it as have countless others on the job. The only fix is to remove the cause of the nerve press/pinch. Do what you can to prevent this issue because the long term implications can be serious.

            Take a moment to review the following links:

            1. ERGONOMIC LOAD BEARING SYSTEMS
            https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/229710.pdf

            2. Meralgia Paresthetica
            http://www.mdguidelines.com/meralgia-paresthetica

            3. Ergonomics and duty gear
            http://www.theppsc.org/Staff_Views/C...nforcement.htm

            4. Duty Belt Alternatives (limited study)
            http://www.csac-eia.org/pdfs/DutyBel...ceOfficers.pdf
            Originally posted by SSD
            It has long been the tradition on this forum and as well as professionally not to second guess or Monday morning QB the officer's who were actually on-scene and had to make the decision. That being said, I don't think that your discussion will go very far on this board.
            Originally posted by Iowa #1603
            And now you are arguing about not arguing..................

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            • #7
              Originally posted by krj View Post
              With all of the gear that you guys have to carry on your duty belts, I was wondering if any of you have experienced any injuries as a result (eg. back, hip, sciatic nerve etc.)

              Some issues I would be interested in hearing about:

              a) what was the injured area?
              b) was it a long term or short term injury?
              c) how you dealt with the injury (lightening the load, changing equipment placement, improving fitness, etc.)
              d) did you require medical attention?
              e) any other info you can provide

              Thanks in advance everyone.
              I've had sciatic pain for a few years, it comes and goes. Some days it's worse than others. I've just learned to live with it.

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              • #8
                The solution to all these malodies is....


                Move to investigations. Holster on a dress belt, cuff-spare mag holder on opposite side. Carry a smaller weapon (subcompact-compact vs. full-size), vest, ASP, TASER , radio, etc. stays in the truck. Just gotta deal with the dress shirt and tie.

                My most used tool anymore is the computer.
                I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

                Douglas MacArthur

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                • #9
                  I use this and really like it.


                  http://www.atlaslbe.com/



                  I haven't had any back injuries and am trying to keep it that way. I know a few other cops who use it and love it too. I also know a Sgt. who had back surgery and started wearing it to protect her back, she's the one who recommended it to everyone else.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sgt jon View Post
                    You may be pinching off the Lateral Femoral Cutaneous or femoral nerve; which are situated right where the pouches often press. I have dealt with it as have countless others on the job. The only fix is to remove the cause of the nerve press/pinch. Do what you can to prevent this issue because the long term implications can be serious.

                    Take a moment to review the following links:

                    1. ERGONOMIC LOAD BEARING SYSTEMS
                    https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/229710.pdf

                    2. Meralgia Paresthetica
                    http://www.mdguidelines.com/meralgia-paresthetica

                    3. Ergonomics and duty gear
                    http://www.theppsc.org/Staff_Views/C...nforcement.htm

                    4. Duty Belt Alternatives (limited study)
                    http://www.csac-eia.org/pdfs/DutyBel...ceOfficers.pdf
                    Thank You for this insightful info. I have this pain on my right leg EXACTLY where my side arm presses into my hip bone. Even with my side arm in a locker and just wearing my duty belt, the pain still persists. I went on active duty and didn't wear my duty belt and the pain stopped. I thought it was just me that had this , so again thank you.
                    The explanation is never that complicated. It's always simple. There's no mystery to the street, no arch criminal behind it all. If you got a dead body and you think his brother did it, you're gonna find out you're right.

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                    • #11
                      There was a thread some time back about some suspenders worn under neath the uniform shirt and has the belt keepers built into the suspenders. I forget the name of it but I ordered one (the department paid for it) and it worked great for me. It was a pain to get adjusted and put on the first few weeks. The down side, it was about $200 when I got it and it think it was made some where in TX.
                      Another plus of it was it helped keep the shirt tucked in.
                      Last edited by westside popo; 10-07-2011, 06:19 PM.
                      Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
                      President Ronald Reagan

                      All we ask is to be let alone.
                      President Jefferson Davis

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by westside popo View Post
                        There was a thread some time back about some suspenders worn under neath the uniform shirt and has the belt keepers built into the suspenders. I forget the name of it but I ordered one (the department paid for it) and it worked great for me. It was a pain to get adjusted and put on the first few weeks. The down side, it was about $200 when I got it and it think it was made some where in TX.
                        Another plus of it was it helped keep the shirt tucked in.
                        The backdefense system. They do work and help with reducing back injuries or pain.

                        http://www.backdefensesystems.com/
                        GOD IS A NINJA WITH A SNIPER RIFLE, WAITING TO TAKE YOU OUT.

                        "For weapons training they told me to play DOOM"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by westside popo View Post
                          There was a thread some time back about some suspenders worn under neath the uniform shirt and has the belt keepers built into the suspenders. I forget the name of it but I ordered one (the department paid for it) and it worked great for me. It was a pain to get adjusted and put on the first few weeks. The down side, it was about $200 when I got it and it think it was made some where in TX.
                          Another plus of it was it helped keep the shirt tucked in.

                          I used to use suspenders too, but they got to be too much work and cut into my shoulders.




                          I found the Atlas system to be much easier and better overall. Happy I switched from suspenders.



                          http://www.atlaslbe.com/

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                          • #14
                            Duty Belt Injuries

                            I was thinking that suspenders and an outer vest carrier might be a good option for some people.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by HEDP View Post
                              I used to use suspenders too, but they got to be too much work and cut into my shoulders.




                              I found the Atlas system to be much easier and better overall. Happy I switched from suspenders.



                              http://www.atlaslbe.com/
                              The Atlas system doesn't deal with the issue of the weight of the belt and it's effects on the lower back and hips.
                              GOD IS A NINJA WITH A SNIPER RIFLE, WAITING TO TAKE YOU OUT.

                              "For weapons training they told me to play DOOM"

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