The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: badkneedgal on May 23, 2005, 08:27:32 PM

Title: Knee/Leg pain while sitting?
Post by: badkneedgal on May 23, 2005, 08:27:32 PM
I had an unusual weekend in that I was sitting (in car) for 8 hours Fri and again Sunday....and sitting alot in between as well -- oh love these out of town Bar Mitzvahs!  :)
Did I mention eating?...Felt like I was being fattened for the slaughter!!! ;D  

I started experiencing leg pain (lower thighs front of leg-to the tops of my knee caps) while just sitting.  Of course the "normal pain" I have while going up and down stairs was still there as usual.  Standing or bar stools was the most comfortable option- but why would I have pain while doing nothing but sitting?  is this a "restless leg" symptom?
Title: Re: Knee/Leg pain while sitting?
Post by: ProfLiebstrom on May 23, 2005, 08:58:47 PM
sounds like what I get after only a couple hours if that! (Have it right now actually) I'm not exactly certain what causes it. But I think it's something to do with messed up alignment or muscle imbalance or something.
Title: Re: Knee/Leg pain while sitting?
Post by: Daisy on May 24, 2005, 12:39:49 PM

I'm so glad I'm not the only one. I've thought for years I was just a fidgety pain in the bum! If I stay in one position for a period of more than five minutes I start getting pain in the areas you described. If i leave it and don't move, it then goes down my calves and to the soles of my feet!

I agree with Proff. I had LRs on both my knees. For a while they worked but then they gradually went back to their original position and it started all over again!   
Title: Re: Knee/Leg pain while sitting?
Post by: blackbeltgirl on May 24, 2005, 04:57:02 PM
It could also be nothing.  I've had knee problems for years (since I was 12 years old).  And I drive long distances (5+ hours) on average about once a month.  Guess what - the body was not designed to sit in the car for hours on end.  We rarely sit with good posture in the car, and we end up with aching backs, knees, hips, etc.  It doesn't matter if you're in the driver's seat or a passenger, you just get stiff when sitting in limited space for hours on end.

The best thing to do for your body will, unfortunately, really slow you down.  Every 1-2 hours stop the car.  Get out.  Walk around.  I don't mean run into the rest stop bathroom, but actually spend at least 5-10 minutes walking around, and  getting the blood flowing again.  Stretch out the muscles.  Or do what most of us do - drive as long as you can.  Stop when you need gas or a restroom.  And pop some motrin along the way.  You'll get there stiff, but sooner.

But an 8 hour car ride will cause EVERYONE stiffness somewhere in the body.  Don't worry about it.