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BASKETLADY13
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1/12/13 9:12 A

I didn't have knee pain,but I did experience pain just above the knee the first few times I did squats and lunges. I attributed it to using muscles that I'd either never used or hadn't used in a long time. It hurt going down the stairs more than anything else, but I just took it easy and did other exercises for a few days and then took them up again. I do them on an almost daily basis now and don't experience any of that pain. Glad yours got better. I'm sure either your form was incorrect as others have suggested or you just pulled a muscle or two. Good luck with your continued journey.



CREATIVECALICO
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1/12/13 8:33 A

It shouldn't last longer than a few days, but you shouldn't have knee pain after doing squats with good form. It sounds like your knees were going in rather than pushing out over your ankles. Think about turning your feet out slightly and really thinking about pushing your knees away from each other when you squat.



CMAXSON
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1/12/13 8:01 A

Sounds like you just need to check your form. Squats are a hard thing to learn to do properly, but can be very effective. Don't give up just make sure you are doing them right, have a someone check your form.



BERTA6978
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1/12/13 7:50 A

@ Stacey: I'm glad your knee is doing better. It's scary. When stuff like that happens, we envision ourselves sidelined.



ZORBS13
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1/12/13 7:29 A

Squatting is a basic fundamental movement and every solid strength program will include a squatting movement, whether it be as simple as standing up from a bench, to 1 legged pistol squats.

Avoiding squats isn't the answer; I will repeat my suggestion of reading up on proper squat form and/or having a professional assess your form.



STACEY4415
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1/12/13 5:42 A

Hi all- My knees are completely healed now. For a couple of days I was in a lot of pain but now I'm completely fine. Thanks for all your help.



DRAGONCHILDE
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1/7/13 1:07 P

Unfortunately, no one here is really in a position to diagnose the trouble with your knees. I'd strongly suggest seeing your doctor to check to see if you have seriously injured yourself. It's unlikely that you'll need surgery after one round of squats, but you can absolutely hurt yourself with poor form, and it sounds like you have.



STACEY4415
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1/7/13 12:56 P

Thanks. I think I might just avoid doing squats ever again. The pain now seems to have moved to my calves and the back of my knee. Do you have any suggestions? I am really concerned that I have done something terrible to my knees.

Many thanks



SPARK_COACH_JEN
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1/7/13 12:40 P

Hi Stacey

I'm not sure what happened, but it sounds like you could have injured yourself. If the pain continues, I'd make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked out. I also agree with Zorbs about having someone check your squat form. Even if it's someone at home, or if you can do it in front of a mirror (if you can't go to the gym and have a trainer check your form, for example) perhaps you can see what you might be doing wrong.

Coach Jen



ZORBS13
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1/7/13 11:04 A

I would make an appointment with a physiotherapist, and also have someone check your squat form.



SWEDIEPIE
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1/7/13 7:42 A

A similar thing happened to me in the fall- I felt a twinge on one of my first lunges of my workout and I had pain the next day- for a couple days. I would continue to rest and and hope for the best! Mine went away within a few days and I took it very, very easy when I returned, and made sure to warm up that knee first.



BERTA6978
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1/7/13 7:22 A

My pain was not excruciating - I felt a sharp twinge. Now, I've had pain in my knees before to where it was difficult to bend (what is commonly known as 'housemaid's knee') from having my knee(s) bent for long periods of time. My doctor told me it was the body's way of saying, "I'm hurt! Don't bend me!"

If you are still in very much pain tomorrow, I think you should probably see a doctor.

PS - During my painful knee or joint episodes, I wrap the offending joint in a dish towel, pinning it tight with a large pin. (An ace bandage would work better), allowing no or limited bending. I did this at night or during periods of inactivity. If it were my knee, I kept it straight on a foot stool, chair or hassock.

Edited by: BERTA6978 at: 1/7/2013 (07:29)


STACEY4415
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1/7/13 6:59 A

Thanks, that's reassuring. Although it's almost excruciating to try and bend down, I just tried, to see how it would feel and I just couldn't do it. If it was something I had to do, ie, if I HAD to bend down, I guess I would have bent down through the pain but it's extremely painful. Don't think I'll ever be doing them again, if I ever recover, that is!



BERTA6978
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1/7/13 6:57 A

The first day I did lunges, I felt a twinge on the inside of one of my knees, so I know what you mean. Most of my discomfort also was going down the stairs.. The twinge went away after a couple of days. It's been over a week now and I'm going to try them again, just not as aggressive. Perhaps a more knowledgeable person can let us know what we did wrong.



STACEY4415
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1/7/13 6:50 A

Yesterday I did some squats and after had lots of discomfort in the inside of my knee, this morning it is much, much worse after sleeping on it. I followed R.I.C.E yesterday, after my research seemed to say this was the best thing to do. Now I am extremely worried after more reading that I might need surgery or something, does anyone know how long this may last? It hurts when I sit down, stand up, walk up the stairs, but is much more painful walking down stairs, and slight bit of discomfort walking. I hope that it doesn't last for long, does anyone know?

Many thanks



 
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