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Law Enforcement & Leg Pain: What’s the Connection?

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Chronic leg pain is incredibly common in law enforcement. These ongoing, persistent cramps, aches, and pains can be strong enough to keep you awake at night. And this leg pain isn’t easily explained – for most police officers, correctional officers, sheriffs, and other law enforcement professionals, leg pain can be present even if you haven’t had an accident or injury to ‘cause’ it.

What’s going on?

There are two behaviors that can, over the course of time, contribute to circulatory issues that cause leg pain. These behaviors are standing and sitting – and law enforcement involves a lot of both. The circulation issue is known as venous insufficiency, and in layman’s terms, it involves a widening of the blood vessels in your legs and a simultaneous weakening of the musculature that keeps your blood moving.

The odds are if you’ve been on the force for even as little as five years, you have some circulation issues going on. The older you are, the more likely you are to have chronic leg pain, but that’s not always the case: venous insufficiency can also occur among younger individuals, as well as those who train really hard to maintain their physical fitness.

But there is good news here.

Venous insufficiency is far and away the most common cause of chronic leg pain, and there is a cure.

Detecting whether or not you have venous insufficiency is fast, simple, and pain-free. The process involves a 20-minute diagnostic ultrasound. If it is determined that venous insufficiency is the cause of your leg pain, the treatment is a safe, minimally invasive 20-minute outpatient procedure. You never have to go to the hospital, and you don’t have to take any extra time off of work for recovery. Most patients resume their normal routine the same day.

And here’s the really good news: after you have treatment, the leg pain is gone and it stays gone. The relief is immediate and it lasts. If you’re looking at your retirement date and wondering how you’ll make it that long with this kind of leg pain, the answer is: you don’t have to!

You do so much for the community. You deserve to feel better. Here’s how to get things started:


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