The cinema seat syndrome

After two hours watching a movie at the cinema, we are often in a hurry to get out and get home. But what happens? the line does not move, the person at the end does not get up because it does not leave his knee. It's about the known 'cinema seat syndrome'. It is pain in the anterior area of ​​the knee, in the region of the patella, which is the bone with the shape of a bump where the knee flexes. It usually occurs after prolonged periods of sitting with the knees bent, in the cinema, office, etc. Many times, people who suffer from it look for places where they can be with their leg straight, since they know that if they keep it flexed they may not be able to stand up, either because of pain or because their knee is blocked.

Knee conditions are something of the most frequent. They usually occur in the elderly, due to osteoarthritis of this joint, but also occur during youth due to sports injuries, trauma or falls. The practice of sports such as soccer or skiing, among others, increase the frequency of injuries at this level. Our celebrities are not spared from this type of disorder. The very Emeritus King Juan Carlos I he had knee surgery. Lola Flores, Fran Rivera, El Juli or politicians like Jose María Aznar they have also suffered from this type of ailments. Not to mention countless athletes, especially footballers, who have had to undergo surgery.

Repeated stresses can inflame the knee joint. Don't be alarmed at the first pain. Everyone can have discomfort. As long as it is an occasional pain, that creates no problems and that improves spontaneously, there is no reason to worry. If pain is felt after sports, remember to stretch after workouts. But if the pain is persistent or occurs every time a certain action is performed, then it is better not to neglect it and look for the origin, especially if other symptoms such as swelling are associated.

Symptoms and Treatments

The most frequent symptoms that knee injuries give us are: pain, swelling, instability or clicking, and it may even be blocked. The diagnosis will be made by your traumatologist, being able to request complementary tests such as ultrasound, CT or magnetic resonance, among others.

Some knee diseases are preventable: through a healthy diet, avoiding overweight, exercising regularly and in this way being able to strengthen the muscles related to movements. Also the use of suitable footwear, perform a correct warm-up and stretching and visiting the physiotherapist frequently can avoid many problems when we practice sports. Also a correct fluid intake can help us maintain the health of our knees. Collagen or hyaluronic acid dietary supplements, etc. In case our doctor recommends it and always in a complementary way to other measures, they can be administered.

Regarding the most common treatment for knee injuries or diseases, more conservative measures such as rest will be tried first, the application of local cold to reduce inflammation, protection of the joint so that it does not suffer further damage, using supports such as knee braces, knee elevation, anti-inflammatories or physiotherapy treatment, among others. They can also be used intra-articular injections of hyaluronic acid, which acts as a lubricant, if necessary. In the case of more severe injuries, surgical treatment will be necessary. Today most surgeries are performed by arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive method. Follow the advice of your traumatologist or orthopedic surgeon.

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