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Old 06-05-2007, 11:25 PM
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Default Knee pain when I squat: Any ideas?

So I have this pain when I squat. I feel it mainly in those tendons or whatever they are that stretch across the back of the knee. The pain begins when I'm just starting to go past parallel and disappears once I'm all the way down. It's the same pain regardless of whether I'm squatting no weight or 165lbs, which is what I currently do.

I've been squatting anyway because it hasn't gotten worse and I know squats are really crucial to achieving my goals, but does anyone have any ideas about what could be causing this sensation in that particular place and what I could do to ease it? I'm just hoping it's not indicative of something that could get worse.
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:40 AM
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Have you ever had any past knee injuries/problems? Does it happen in just one knee or in both?
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:47 AM
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hi ! A simple and affective substitute for now would be to get a knee support ... or a support for that particular area that you can use for the entire deadlift sets / squating. May ease the pain and defo support the area in question ! As for the problem itself did the pain come on immediately that you can remember or come on gradually ?? A gradual pain would be muscular ... sharp quick pains im thinking more along the lines of nerve, Vascular issues.
Im also thinking a slight back injury ... damaged / twisted nerve shooting down your side to the knee / leg your complaining about !
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:42 AM
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When in doubt see a doctor.

I'm going to vote against any blood vessel or nerve entrapment just judging by the way the pain presents.

Probably not a meniscus injury since the pain stops when you reach maximum flexion. Anything's possible though. Could be some other soft tissue injury of the knee.

Most likely I think is tendonitus. Maybe of the biceps femoris tendon or one of the others from the hams or the calf. I think this is most likely. Doubt it's a ligament thing.

If it is one of these soft tissue things you'll have to take time off of it to give it a chance to resolve and then start back up light. Most likely it will resolve itself. The problem is whether there is an underlying pathology that is leading to it. One likely simple problem is inflexibility or muscle imbalances. Once it does resolve you should begin stretching the lower back, hams, hip flexors after squatting.

All that being said, the knee is very complicated so please don't take anything I or anyone else says as a substitue for medical advice.
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