Avoiding Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome at Work

An injury I had a while back was patellofemoral pain syndrome.

I was training for a ½ marathon, three days a week and decided to add mountain biking on the days I was not running.

It was too much for my knees and I end up with patellofemoral pain syndrome.  It is one of the many injuries I have accumulated over the last number of years.

I was able to overcome PFPS but there are a few things that I do in order to make sure it stays away.

Let me share with you what I do at one of my jobs in order to prevent PFPS.

One of the jobs is I do assessments for a company to see if their employees have the physical ability to do their jobs.

I do the testing in a dirty warehouse that is full of all kinds of old equipment.

Here is a list of some of the things that I do to fend off PFPS.

#1 – Get Off Your Knees

I have to get on and off the floor a lot when I am testing at the warehouse.

When you kneel down, it presses the knee cap and knee together which can lead to irritation of the knee and bring back the pain of patellofemoral pain syndrome or PFPS.

I do all I can to minimize kneeling.

If I do have to kneel, I will kneel on my better knee, which of me is my left knee.

I will also try to minimize how long I kneel down.

Plus, when I am done having to kneel I get up and stand or sit.

#2 – Relax at Your Desk

When I am sitting at my desk, I make sure I stretch out my legs and relax.

When you sit at your desk with your knees bent, it puts greater stress on your patellofemoral joint, the place where your knee cap and knee come together.  When you have PFPS, it is an irritation of the joint between the knee cap and knee joint.

You can avoid this stress by keeping your leg straight when sitting at your desk.

I have a number of other things that I do that I know you can do during your day to help with PFPS.

I will have more tips for you and how to overcome PFPS while at work.

If you would like to check out an exercise that I do for PFPS, check this out:

==>  Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Exercises

Rick Kaselj, MS