Do You Get Knee Pain When Sitting For Long Periods?

Having knee pain when sitting for long periods is a common problem

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

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.

Some examples of when you might get knee pain when sitting for long periods are sitting in a movie, sitting on 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 a symptom meaning you have knee pain when sitting for long periods.

So What Can you Do About It?

Use these tips to be able to prevent having knee pain when sitting for long periods

  1. The best solution to have less knee pain when sitting for long periods is just to get up and move more often.  Getting up frequently helps you to move your joints around so they don't get so stiff.
  2. If you have to sit for long periods, it's best to sit with your feet flat on the floor and knees hips width apart.  Avoid crossing knee over knee.  This puts makes your inner thigh muscles stiff and over stretches the muscle on the outside of your knee and thigh, which can create compression of your kneecap (patella) on your thigh bone (femur), causing patello-femoral pain.
  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 t cross your ankles, but 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 releases a lubricating fluid helps 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 get 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, feel free to give us at call at 314-941-3970 or email me at dave@m4lpt.com.  and we can further discuss your specific problem.

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