Knee pain from just sitting
Getting knee pain doesn’t just happen with runners, cyclists, and other people who are very active. In fact, knee pain can occur with people who stay still most of the day and stay in the same position for long periods of time. Even sitting for too long at a desk could cause issues. People who cross their legs often while sitting at their desk could fall victim to their inner thighs becoming too tight, rotating, and thus resulting in knee pain.
Quick return-to-work programs
There are also occupations that require employees to lift heavy objects, which could cause intense stress on the knees. In either situation, employees can have work related incidents involving their knees. Occupational therapy company, U.S. HealthWorks wants to assist when these moments occur so that your employee can get the help they need quickly and return to work to perform their job duties – pain free.
Knee strengthening exercises
In order to possibly prevent a problem from occurring, below are a few tips that employees can perform at work in order to avoid pain in the knee joint.
- Get up every 20 minutes and take a short walk – This is a good way to get the blood pumping in your legs. Stretching could even be done during this time, which would also be very beneficial to relieving knee pain.
- Sit in a proper position – Watch out for slouching!
- Do some straight leg lifts while scooted back from your desk – This will strengthen the quadriceps. Adding weights is even better. But if you don’t have weights, improvise! Add a purse or water bottle on top.
- Stand on one leg – This balance exercise will help the knee stability and strengthen the inner quads.
The way physical and occupational therapy company, U.S. HealthWorks puts it, employees are “industrial athletes” and everyday employers aim to keep them safe from harms way. But sometimes accidents happen. So when one does occur, U.S. HealthWorks promises a customized service to meet your needs, a lower overall case cost, clear communications, and more.
Sources: Why Your Desk Job is Causing You So Much Pain (And How to Fix it), www.phillymag.com
Office Ergonomics and Knee Pain, www.simpletherapy.com