What Are The Most Popular Reasons Of Knee Pain When Standing Up After Sitting?


Have you ever experienced a knee pain when standing up after sitting? Countless of people do, and they reported that the pain can sometimes become intense.

If you happen to be one of these afflicted individuals, you would certainly want to know the most popular reasons why this knee pain occurs.

There are varying reasons why knee pain occurs. But let’s focus ona specific topic, which is: ‘the most popular reasons of keen pain when standing up after sitting’.

Reason #1 - Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

This is one of the primary reasons why people experience pain when standing from a sitting position.

The knees are responsible for the ‘standing up’ movement of the body. The image below is how a normal knee looks like.

The patella or kneecap is the specific knee part that allows the ‘standing up’ movement to take place through its up and down sliding motion into the Trochlear Groove.

Let’s learn all about the patellofemoral pain syndrome.

What is The Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

Also called Runner’s Knee, this knee condition is characterized by:

  • Pain on the kneecap (patella) when standing up from a sitting position and similar motions
  • Pain when going up the stairs, especially when descending
  • Swelling of the knees

Causes of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

This can be due to various reasons, such as: when the patella is damaged, inflamed or injured due to overuse of the kneecaps.

Examples are strenuous physical exercises that put undue pressure on the knees;when the hip angle is abnormal; when the individual is flat-footed.

Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

How is the condition treated? It can be treated using these methods:

1. Exercises

There are exercises for individuals, who have this condition, namely; hamstring stretch, knee stabilization and other knee exercises.

2. Orthotics or knee braces, or running supports

You can use braces too to support the knee from further injury, and to enhance the healing of the injured kneecaps.

An example is the patella strap knee band.

3. Medication

Oral medications for the pain and inflammation are administered to alleviate the symptoms. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics can be given orally to ease the pain and reduce swelling.

4. Natural methods

Elevate your feet during work breaks or at night time to reduce the pressure on your kneecaps. Prevent activities or exercises that apply pressure on your kneecaps.

You can also apply ice compress every 20 minutes as necessary to reduce swelling (avoid applying the ice directly on the skin because the ice can stick to your skin and produce more injury).

When exercising, do some warming up stretches. In addition, wear comfortable shoes and maintain a healthy body weight.

Eat only healthy foods. A proper diet will help you recuperate swiftly. Avoid fats, caffeine, alcohol, illegal drugs and nicotine. These foodstuffs affect the Central Nervous System (CNS), the heart and lungs.

Eat more of lean meat, protein, fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to hydrate yourself properly becauseyour body cells need more than 80% of water to be able to function properly.


5. Alternative medicine

Some practitioners have reportedly used acupuncture and reflexology to lessen the pain and inflammation of the joints. When using these methods, ensure that you consult a qualified and certified expert.

6. Physical therapy

You may also consult a physical therapy professional so, you can undergo physical activities or exercises that will help reduce your knee pain when standing up after sitting.

7. Surgery

This invasive procedure is the last resort. If you can treat your knee pain using other methods, then you should do so. Using non-invasive techniques is still best when treating your knee pains.

Reason #2 – Knee Osteoarthritis

This is the 2nd popular reason for knee pain when standing after sitting. Osteoarthritis is one type of arthritis, which is degenerative; while the other type is rheumatoid arthritis, which is autoimmune.

What is Knee Osteoarthritis?

Also called degenerative arthritis, this condition is characterized by the knee cartilage being destroyed because of wear and tear, especially in older individuals. This condition normally occurs as a person becomes older.

For more on osteoarthritis of the knee, here’s a YouTube video by AAOSOnlinePubs.

Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis

The symptoms are similar to patellofemoral pain syndrome, but the causes are different.

  • Knee pain
  • Knee swelling
  • Locking of knees
  • Crunching of knees
  • Knee stiffness
  • Popping of knees

The pain may start as a dull ache and then can become severe as the condition progresses. The pain attacks may come and go; it varies from person to person.

Causes of Knee Osteoarthritis

The cause is the destruction or damageof the knee cartilage that normally takes place due to old age.

Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis

The treatment of this knee inflammation is akin to that of patellofemoral pain syndrome.

1. Exercises

Correct exercises are great in preventing and alleviating knee osteoarthritis. Examples of these exercises are: leg raise, standing leg raise, sitting leg raise, wall slide, supine leg raise and other leg exercises.

2. Medications

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) or analgesics can be administered to reduce pain and inflammation. An example is ibuprofen. Corticosteroids are also administered to decrease inflammation.

3. Use of knee braces


You can use braces for supporting your knees. This can help compress also the swelling and reduce it.

Choosing a good knee brace is instrumental in using them effectively.

How will you choose the best knee brace for you? Here are pointers in choosing the correct knee brace for you.

4. Natural therapy

Proper nutrition, exercise, enough sleep, and a healthy diet can help in reducing your knee pains.

As mentioned earlier, a proper diet can help ease the knee pain more quickly. Aside from those mentioned earlier, here are examples of food that are recommended.

5. Physical therapy

In cases, when the other treatments are not effective, you may need physical therapy done by a competent physiotherapist or physical therapist.

6. Alternative therapies

Acupuncture and reflexology were performed by other practitioners and they have claimed success in their procedures. However, this should only be performed by licensed and legitimate acupuncturist and reflexologist.

7. Surgery

Again, this is the last resort you can choose, when there are no other remedies left.

Surgery may lead to more complications because it cuts open the body to increased chances of infection.

Notably, surgery done by a competent and highly skilled doctor would benefit you, if there are no other treatments available.


You have read the two most popular reasons of knee pain when standing up after sitting. These are patellofemoral pain syndrome and osteoarthritis.

If you’re suffering from this knee pain, you can use the information here to alleviate the symptoms and enjoy a better life sans your debilitating pain.

You may want to share your knee pain experiences with our readers in the comment section below.


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