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burgeman
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Knee pain during squats
I'm getting a sharp pain in my left knee just below the knee cap when I get to the bottom of my squats and when I get out of the bottom. It doesn't bother me just walking around really only when putting weight on the knee to get up. At what point is it something I should get checked out, I had taken a week off from the gym to let it rest but it's still lingering. Thanks for any advice.


LSUAlum2001
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re: Knee pain during squats
Patella tendinitis/tendinosis.

1. Start stretching your legs more: quads, hamstrings and calves.
2. Progressive loading

A PT can get you started, but it’s up to you to continue the rehab.
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Rep520
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re: Knee pain during squats
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Patella tendinitis/tendinosis. 

1. Start stretching your legs more: quads, hamstrings and calves. 
2. Progressive loading 


That's most likely it. If you have access to a foam roller or lacrosse/baseball, hit those same muscles.

A solid warmup is important, and I'd incorporate the stretching and rolling into the warmup. The most likely cause is something's tugging on the tendon to trigger the pain.

If it manifested constantly, I'd be more worried about structural damage.


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burgeman
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re: Knee pain during squats
Thanks for the advice, I'll give those a try


DeafJam73
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re: Knee pain during squats
Also, make sure you work on ankle flexibilty. Rigid ankles makes your knees work harder.


Mear
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re: Knee pain during squats
you can always try not being a bitch

that has worked for me


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TheZaba
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re: Knee pain during squats
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Also, make sure you work on ankle flexibilty. Rigid ankles makes your knees work harder.
This. And work on your gluts. That can also do a lot to save your knees


mtcheral
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re: Knee pain during squats
All good recs so far. Something often overlooked that ends up causing knee problems is hip/ glute weakness or fatigue.


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burgeman
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re: Knee pain during squats
Go back to world of Warcraft, adults are discussing #gainz


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re: Knee pain during squats
Squatting barefoot helped my knee pain a lot. Also I started doing Spanish squats as part of my warm up or at the end of my workouts.


DeafJam73
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Not sure how squatting barefoot helps. Makes it harder to have mobility with your feet flat on the ground.


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jevins_slickin
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re: Knee pain during squats
Had dealt with it for years without having it diagnosed. Just started rehab 2 months ago with PT and found this video the other day which seems like a solid rehab plan and has worked for some people.

How to Cure Jumper’s Knee

Im fairly confident Ill be back to 100% in a couple months after rehab.

Also, one thing i never thought of doing, which is important, was foam rolling my shins, calves, and ankle areas. After doing that my legs feel great.




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LSUfan20005
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re: Knee pain during squats
What is the bottom of your squat?

Are you just breaking parallel or going arse to ground? If you are going super low, I’d question if you are losing tension and your knees are lurching forward. This is why I recommend most people focus on getting a few inches below parallel and keep tension; so many people look like shite just to bounce off of their heels.

Otherwise, fully endorse addressing things already suggested. There’s likely upstream issues in your quads and downstream in your shins. Get your big toe on the ground and keep your glutes engaged. Work on ankle mobility.


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