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The Silent Killer: Knee Pain

Knee pain is frequently to be seen among the elderly. However, it appears among different age groups and affects 25% of the US population,impairing quality of life. 

There is a common misconception that pain in the legs, including the knees, is more prevalent among those who live active lifestyles. Runner’s Knee, for example, is a condition that causes pain in the knees, and the name could mislead some into believing that this is a problem only for athletes.

In reality, this is far from the truth.

Our knees carry a lot of body weight and are used very frequently. So even for people with relatively inactive lifestyles, knee pain is a very common problem. In fact, even sitting still for too long can result in knee pain and stiffness – particularly if you stay in the wrong position for an extended amount of time.

This becomes a bigger problem when you consider how many of your daily activities are more convenient to carry out while sitting. Whether that’s work, eating, commuting, or simply playing a game, many of us choose to do these things while sitting.

And for office workers, sedentariness is the main factor that causes knee pain. If this causes you pain in the knee, even your day-to-day life can become difficult.

Common Causes of Knee Pain While Sitting

Sitting For Long Periods of Time

If you spend a lot of your time sitting, you are causing trouble for your knees. This is particularly true for those with desk jobs, or gamers, who stay in one place for long periods. It may not occur to you, but sitting can actually be a very difficult position to maintain, especially for your joints.

If you’re sitting for more than an hour at a time (and this is usually the case), you may find that your knee starts to hurt. This is because of the inactivity in your knees. Your muscles and tendons in the area can become stiff, causing you pain.

Experts suggest that the best way to prevent this issue is to avoid sitting for prolonged periods. Staying seated for more than six to eight hours a day is considered to be bad for you.

However, most of us can’t actually avoid staying seated – maybe due to the nature of our work or because of convenience – in which case, it is best to move around every 30 to 60 minutes.

Unergonomic Furniture

If you’re not using ergonomic furniture, this can also cause problems for your knees. For people who spend a lot of time sitting, the furniture they use can be a major contributor to their health problems.

If your workspace does not provide you with the correct height or distance, you could be holding yourself in an uncomfortable and awkward position, which can put pressure on your knees and tire you out as well.

Knee pain is also often associated with keeping your chair too low or positioned in a way such that your knees remain bent for a long time.

How to Prevent Knee Pain While Sitting

Find an Adjustable Desk

An electric height adjustable gaming desk is a great investment to maintain the correct posture throughout. A lot of gaming equipment is designed to provide gamers comfort and support for the long periods they spend in one place.

With easy controls, you can adjust the height of the desk to accommodate your height and posture so you can be comfortable, and avoid knee pain while sitting.

The gaming desk GET119E comes with a carbon fiber textured top that is resistant to water and stains, and also keeps your equipment in place.

There is also a curved ergonomic desktop, which matches your body more naturally than the rectangular desks you’d find traditionally. This provides extra support to your elbows and wrists.

In today’s world, where most tasks are done on computers, knee pain is becoming an increasingly common problem. Though there are ways to cure it, it is always best to prevent the issue than to go through the trouble of curing it later.

Make sure to increase your daily physical activity and give your knees the stretches they need to stay healthy, and invest in the right adjustable furniture, so you can avoid any troublesome knee problems.

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