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Why Do Teachers Experience So Much Leg Pain? And Why Is This Time Off Not Making It Better?

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Every teacher we know wants to be back in the classroom with their kids right now. That being said, there’s more than a few teachers who breathed a sigh of relief when they realized that time off meant that they’d be able to get off of their sore feet and aching legs.

9 Out of 10 Teachers Are In Real Pain

In 2008, researchers found that among select US teacher populations, 91% reported being in regular pain. One of the top complaints? Leg pain.

Why do teachers experience so much leg pain? The nature of the work involves being on your feet for hours at a time. Depending on your facility, you’re standing on tiled floors, concrete, or carpeting that’s seen better days for most of it. Teachers do a lot of running – up and down hallways, staircases, across playgrounds and cafeterias – and they’re very often not wearing running shoes when they do it.

Teachers know how critical good nutrition and hydration are to academic performance. But did you know that the fact that going all day on a granola bar and a cup of coffee – the breakfast plan of way too many teachers – can contribute to muscle cramps? That’s why many teachers who have leg pain are told that it’ll go away if they just drink more water.

Here’s A Lesson on the Real Cause of Most Leg Pain

Now that you’re home, off of your feet, eating a healthier diet and staying reasonably hydrated, is your leg pain any better? The answer may very well be no – because your leg pain isn’t now being caused by the fact you’re on your feet all day, or how many bottles of water you finish. Many teachers’ leg pain is caused by a medical condition known as venous insufficiency.

Now, if you’re the health or biology teacher, you already know this part. For everybody else – the body’s circulatory system is responsible for moving blood around your body. When it doesn’t do this efficiently, you feel pain. The legs are the most common part of the body for this type of pain to occur.

Is Venous Insufficiency Serious? Why Hasn’t My Doctor Talked About This With Me?

You may have talked to your doctor about your leg pain – once or many times – and never heard a word about your circulatory system. If you ask them about it, they can certainly answer your questions, but it’s unlikely that they’ll bring it up. The fact is that circulatory issues are often overlooked, which means you may be living with pain you don’t need to.

We Know Teachers Don’t Really Like Tests, But You Won’t Mind This One

Kids get stressed out and overwhelmed by tests, and they’re not the only ones. But the test to discover what’s really causing your leg pain is the easiest cake-walk, open book exam you ever hoped for: it’s a totally non-invasive, pain free, quick, and convenient 20-minute ultrasound that takes place in our private, safe facility. You’ll finally get the answers you’ve been searching for.

What is the Treatment for Venous Insufficiency?

You know that time off your feet isn’t helping your leg pain resolve. When school opens back up, you’re going to want to be at your best: the kids are going to need you, a lot. That’s why we’re prioritizing appointments for teachers during this time period. Treatment for venous insufficiency is a simple 20-minute outpatient procedure that delivers permanent, lasting relief.

We know you’re going to want to do more research, so here’s where you can learn about Dr. Jonathan Arad, the Fellowship trained surgeon who performs all Wellness & Surgery procedures.


(Sources: Yoshimura E, Fjellman-Wiklund A, Paul PM, Aerts C, Chesky K. Risk Factors for Playing-related Pain among Piano Teachers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 2008;23(3):107–113.)

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