Here’s Why Your Knees Might Hurt After Sitting Still For a Few Hours
HSS sports medicine surgeon Sabrina M. Strickland, MD, explains why knee pain may occur after sitting for prolonged periods of time and suggested solutions.
"Sitting in one position for a long period of time puts a lot of contact pressure on the patella (knee cap). This type of pain is especially common in females who are more likely to have soft or slightly damaged cartilage in the front of their knee," said Dr. Strickland. She advised to make movement a priority by setting a timer as a reminder to move every 30 minutes, as well as completing quad and hamstring stretches a few times a day. Additionally, if you plan to be seated for a while, Dr. Strickland suggested propping up the foot for periods of time to avoid the knee being rested in one position all day.
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