Maximize the Well-Being & Productivity of your Employees
Enjoy the benefits that come from having an active, healthy workforce by adding preventive measures to your existing wellness program, ultimately ensuring less employee downtime.
Most industries have certain job descriptions which require constant standing and sitting, such as assembly line workers, security staff, engineers, laboratory technicians, office staff, and many others. A little prevention goes a long way in lowering health risks leading to chronic vein disease from standing or sitting for long periods of time. By educating employees on the prevention and treatment of vein disease, employees have potentially fewer health care costs, less missed days of work, improved overall health, and increased comfort and productivity while at work.
What is Vein Disease?
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency, sometimes called Venous Reflux, is a marker of venous disease. The reflux may start mild, but with time can progress to a waterfall of blood falling the wrong direction.
- As blood pools in the leg, the elastic walls of the veins are stretched, leading to progressive damage to the venous system.
- When the veins are large enough to be seen or felt, they are known as varicose veins.
- Pooling of venous blood increases the risk of blood clots, leg swelling, and pain.
The signs and symptoms of vein disease can be subtle. Swelling and skin changes, and other symptoms like fatigue, aching, burning, stinging, night cramps, and restless leg syndrome, can all unknowingly be associated with underlying vein disease.
Vein Disease & Work
While there are other factors which can lead to vein disease, research has shown that long periods of standing or sitting are major players. More than 80 million Americans suffer from varicose veins, spider veins, leg swelling, venous ulcers and related conditions. Unfortunately, vein problems are chronic and progressive, and without treatment they get worse. This can affect the quality of life, well-being, and most importantly, worker productivity and long-term morale at their place of employment.
You might just THINK your feet or legs hurt after working that 12-hour shift, but it is a FACT. When standing, gravity pulls the blood downwards to the lower part of the body. As blood is pumped through the body, the valves within the veins prevent the blood from flowing backward. After a while, however, these valves can become weak and eventually fail. When this happens, blood is no longer prevented from flowing backward and instead pools in the extremities. Gravity will pull the blood back into the legs, ankles and feet. This forces the veins to expand or “balloon” to accommodate this extra blood.
Varicose veins have also been associated with chronic heart and circulatory disorders, as well as recent studies showing an increased risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE).
Prolonged upright postures tend to disrupt the circulation of the lower leg and reduce the effectiveness of the venous–muscle pump mechanisms. Medical grade compression socks apply pressure to your lower extremities, which encourages venous return, limits leg swelling and helps prevent varicose veins. Studies have shown that wearing compression socks also makes a difference in your level of fatigue from standing all day. With the growing awareness of compression socks and their health benefits, modern styles and colors have emerged that make the garment as stylish as any socks you would find in a high-end department store. While everyone will benefit from conservative therapy, employees should still have a proper diagnostic vein screening and evaluation to determine if there is any underlying vein disease.
Best Practice Vein Screenings & Evaluations
Training and education are important components of avoiding complications from prolonged standing or sitting in the work environment. Getting a ‘leg up’ by creating a healthy workforce is a good place to start and Vein Specialists of the South (VSS) is here to help with the educational process.
We will gladly meet with you to set up an employee vein wellness consultation and screening event, or health fair, to explain vein disease, prevention, and recommend the best treatment based on individual findings and needs.
Partnering with VSS
As the area’s first and only dedicated vein specialists, we have focused on the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease for over 20 years and have evaluated over 22,000 patients. Dr. Harper has performed well over 18,000 venous procedures to date.
Partnering with Vein Specialists of the South is a winning strategy for your business.
Our vision at Vein Specialists of the South is for you and your employees to enjoy Better Veins for Life®. We add value to life by providing the best vein care designed to meet individual needs, delivered with ‘WOW’ service. If your employee is determined to have a need for treatment, VSS is conveniently located in historic downtown Macon and also in Warner Robins. Your employee can simply Walk in, Walk out, with little to no down time®.
We look forward to partnering with your team!