So I started lifting 2 weeks ago. I temporatily only have dumbells. I have strong legs (I think) and I grabbed 40lbs on each arm (heaviest dumbell I have) and when I squated my right knee hurt when I was squating down.
Have any idea what it might be ? If I should continue squats or ask a doctor ?
I don't feel it as much if I lighten the weight.
Thread: Knee Hurts when I squat
08-28-2009, 11:29 PM #1
Knee Hurts when I squat
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08-29-2009, 12:10 AM #3
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Which part of your knees hurt? For over a year I used to have a similar problem where the region just above my patella would hurt like hell every time I squatted. I had to stop squatting altogether. I just finally figured out about two months ago that the problem was a muscle imbalance. I had relatively thick outer quads but shameful teardrops and whaddayaknow, the teardrops are responsible for knee stability. After about two weeks of doing heavy low-rep bulgarian split squats, the pain stopped and my squat poundages went up. My teardrop still looks pretty pathetic (likely because I only use low reps) but I am completely pain free and my knee feels a lot more stable.
I always assumed squats target the whole quads but for me it somehow targets primarily the outer quads, which resulted in the imbalance. Your situation sounds similar to mine since you say you have strong legs because at some point a muscle imbalance will start to cause pain when you go heavy enough.
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When it bends on the way down...or the push on the way up?
I would say its a torn tendon, but you would probably feel it without lifting.
I'd say lay off of it for a week or two, and then try it again, if it hurts stop for the day, then wait another week, and if it continues to hurt after a couple weeks rest, you might want to see a doctor.
Usually if its a little tweak, it should go away, but DONT LIFT ON IT OR USE IT NOW, because it's only going to put more stress on it and make it worse, and could eventually lead to permanent, long-term damage.
EDIT: I dont think hes doing squats...i think hes doing lunges.
08-29-2009, 05:05 AM #7
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If you are putting too much weight on your toes then your knees will hurt sometimes.
Try keeping the weight over your heels and this should help."To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other."-- Carlos Castaneda
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