And no, we don't mean your head, either. Because chronic knee pain has a physical cause--as do pains in your hips and lower back. The same problem may be the root cause for knee and hamstrung injuries, too. And one physical therapist from Ohio State University believes he's hit upon the reason.
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Chris Kolba, of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, even coined a term for it: dormant butt syndrome (DBS). The combination of weak gluteal muscles (especially the gluteus maximus muscle that provides the padding on your seat) and tight hip flexors can cause the muscles and joints around your bottom and hips to absorb shock and strain--and that leads to pain, says Kolba.
The main culprit for weak gluteal muscles? Inactivity, aka sitting on your fanny for most of the day, which puts a strain on your core, according to Kolba. Another cause is sleeping in the fetal position. Luckily, the cure is pretty simple. Try stretching your legs and getting up and walking around for a minute or two during various times of the day. (Try the water trick: Getting up to get a glass of H2O every hour.) Butt exercises, like wall sits or squats that you can do at home, also help.
via DailyMail.co.uk and Wexner Medical Center
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