Carpet fitter's knee is an overuse condition in people who fit carpets for a living, where several knee problems can occur from spending so much time on their knees and using a 'knee kicker' to stretch the carpet.

Alternative carpet-stretching devices are available that put less burden on the knees than this traditional knee kicker.


Overuse problems with carpet fitters

Knee problems in carpet fitters include infrapatellar bursitis, osteoarthritis and patellar tendon rupture.


Carpet-fitter's Knee

A short discussion of overuse problems relating to carpet fitters.

Overuse Injuries

Problems due to repetitive overuse.

Introduction to the concept of 'overuse'

Part of a series on overuse problems by Mr (Dr) Charles Willis-Owen.



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Relationship between years in the trade and the development of radiographic knee osteoarthritis and MRI-detected meniscal tears and bursitis in floor layers. A cross-sectional study of a historical cohort. Jensen LK, Rytter S, Marott JL and Bonde JP. BMJ Open. 2012; 2(3): e001109.

Morbidity from repetitive knee trauma in carpet and floor layers. Thun M, Tanaka S, Smith AB, Halperin WE, Lee ST, Luggen ME and Hess EV. Br J Ind Med. 1987 Sep; 44(9): 611–620.

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