Many of my patients complain of pain in their knees when they stand up from a sitting position. It’s a COMMON COMPLAINT. It’s often one of the earliest signs of arthritis, and it’s certainly a reminder we’re getting old. When I was a young woman, I could go from lotus position, to a sprint, without thinking one iota about my knees. Now just to get up—after sitting through a rerun of Law & Order—is a stark reminder of my age.
Our aged knees would like nothing better than for us to get in the fetal position and stay there.
If you were a caveman, and older than 25, you’d already have outlived your natural life expectancy. Now it’s by the grace of medicine, laws and seat belts.
Tremendous pressure is placed on your knee when you go from sitting to standing, and when you do this against your worn out articular cartilages… Your knee is going to balk. When you sit for a while, as you relax into that position and its different relationship with gravity, your knee might start to shift a little. Mind you, it’s not coming out of place. It’s just trying to get comfortable. The surfaces of your knee might be seeking a position of lowest mechanical resistance. It’s a different position than when you were standing. Patients sometimes think there’s a cure for this specific symptom. There’s not, but you can make it better.
Just bend and straighten your knees a couple of times before you stand up.
Remind your knees you’re still alive and kicking. Then… simply stand up. You will notice a difference right away. It will eventually become your new habit, and your knees will thank you for it.