Forget tennis elbow, we're all suffering from 'office knee' – and desk jobs and obesity are to blame <br>Almost a quarter of workers aged 16 to 65 surveyed said they have been living with pain for up to two years Obesity, the rise of the internet and desk based jobs have been blamed for the latest in a line of joint ailments

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<p class="imageCaption">More than a quarter of UK workers are suffering from painful knee joints, a new survey has revealed</p>
<p>More than a quarter of UK workers are suffering from painful knee joints, it has been revealed.</p><p>And surgeons and physiotherapists say that rising levels of obesity and desk-based jobs across all age groups are to blame. <br></p><p>Those over the age of 55 suffer the
most, with one in ten questioned by healthcare provider Nuffield Health claiming they are in constant pain.</p><p>
</p><p>And almost a quarter of 1,600 workers aged 16 to 65 surveyed said they have been living with pain for up to two years.</p><p>
</p><p>Sammy Margo, a spokesperson for the
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said the rise of the internet and
desk based jobs are to blame for the phenomenon of 'office knee'. <br>
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<p>She said: 'I have seen a huge surge
in the number of people with knee pain and it is down to the sedentary
lifestyle people are leading now. <br>
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<p>'It is very much people with desk based jobs, and some of them have been working for ten to 20 years in these roles.<br>
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<p>'I have been a physiotherapist for
the past 25 years and in that time we have had the advent of the
internet, which has been very much a factor.'</p>
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</p><p>And consultant orthopaedic surgeon Ronan
Banim said that surgeons are seeing knees that are 'literally being
crushed' by excess weight.</p>
<p>He warned that if the levels of
obesity continue to increase, the number of people who need knee
replacements is likely to 'go through the roof.'</p><p>

</p><p>He said: 'If levels of obesity continue to rise the
number of people needing knee replacements is likely go through the
roof. In clinics we are seeing knees that are literally being crushed by
excess weight. <br></p> <p>'This puts pressure on joints and can increase the
long-term risk of osteoarthritis. <br></p><p>'Weight control, regular, careful,
exercise and healthy eating are extremely important. <br></p><p>'Although knee pain
may not life threatening, if left untreated it can seriously impact on
quality of life.</p>
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<p class="imageCaption">Surgeons are seeing knees that are 'literally being crushed' by excess weight</p>

<p>'Patients should seek early treatment and, where
necessary, consider losing just a small amount of weight as this could
rule out the need for future surgery.'<br></p><p>But before you lace up your trainers and hit the road running, surgeons have also issued a warning against sudden exercise. <br></p><p>Mr Banim added: 'We are seeing a number of older people becoming more active, with activities like marathons and triathlons becoming popular.</p><p>'While this is excellent for maintaining a healthy lifestyle generally, the degenerative problem and pressure on ageing joints can lead to knee problems. <br></p><p>'It is important that ageing joints are not over used and preparation and rest before and after exercise is vital.'</p><p>Dr Sarah Dauncey, medical director at Nuffield Health, added: 'To minimise the potential risks of getting knee pain, people who are becoming more active should look at pre and post activity warm-ups and downs, wearing good trainers and supporting the joint when exercising.'</p> <br><br><p><br></p>