Do You Get Knee Pain When Sitting For Long Periods?

Having knee pain when sitting for long periods is common

Watch the video to learn simple tips on how to sit longer with less knee pain...

Knee Pain Guide by Knee Pain Specialist Dr. Dave Candy. More 4 Life, St. Louis, Manchester, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Des Peres, Ellisville, MO Learn to relieve: knee pain when going up and down stairs, knee pain when sitting, knee pain when walking, and more!

What Causes Knee Pain When Sitting For Long Periods?

Having knee pain when sitting for long periods is a common problem, especially if you're sitting with your knees bent.  Knee pain when sitting for long periods is common in people with knee arthritis, as well as with other conditions like patellofemoral pain syndrome or chondromalacia patella.

Sometimes people with these conditions will complain of outright knee pain, but more commonly they'll complain of  knee stiffness when sitting.

Some examples of when you might get knee pain when sitting for long periods are: sitting in a movie theater, sitting in a long car ride, or sitting at a desk.  In fact, having knee pain when sitting for long periods is so common that there is actually a medical coin termed "movie-goer's knee".  This isn't so much a diagnosis as it is a symptom, meaning you have knee pain when sitting for long periods.

So at this point you probably want to know...

How Can I Stop My Knees From Getting Stiff When I Sit? 

Use These Tip To Prevent Knee Pain and Stiffness When Sitting For Long Periods

  1. The best solution to have less knee pain when sitting for long periods is to get up and move around more often. Getting up frequently helps you move your joints around so they don't get so stiff.
  2. If you have to sit for long periods, then it's best to sit with your feet flat on the floor with your knees hips width apart. Avoid crossing knee over knee (cross-legged). Crossing your knees when sitting can make your inner thigh muscles stiff and over stretches the muscle on the outside of your knee and thigh. Over time, these muscle imbalances can cause:
    1. Pain on the front of the knee
    2. Pain on the inside of the knee
    3. Pain on the outside of the knee
  3. A better way to cross your legs if you have to cross your legs, is to cross one ankle over the other knee, or cross your ankles and keep your knees apart.
  4. Another tip to prevent knee pain when sitting for a long time is to move your knee back and forth.
    "Motion is lotion" - when you move your knee around, your joints release a lubricating fluid helping prevent friction and grinding inside the joint. It also increases blood flow to your knee and keeps your muscles from getting too stiff when sitting for a long time, so that you're not stiff and sore when you're ready to stand up from sitting.

I hope you find the tips to be useful!  If you try these things and still have knee pain when sitting for long periods, call us or text us, at 314-941-3970 and we can further discuss your specific problem.

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Knee Pain Guide by Knee Pain Specialist Dr. Dave Candy. More 4 Life, St. Louis, Manchester, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Des Peres, Ellisville, MO Learn to relieve: knee pain when going up and down stairs, knee pain when sitting, knee pain when walking, and more!

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