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    Knee injuries: what can I do instead of squats?

    I have pain in both knees, severe enough that I'm afraid to jump, run, squat or kneel. I am waiting for the x-ray and MRI results. I am meeting my doctor in three weeks. It's hard to pinpoint, but I think the pain is in the front of the knees (patellar issues?).

    It is really messing up my training. I am afraid to squat or even deadlifts. What leg exercises should I do instead that will give me some benefit without straining the knees? Or should I just wait for the results and recommendations of the doctor? I feel like waiting is deteriorating me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Blaha's bulging red speedo View Post
    I have pain in both knees, severe enough that I'm afraid to jump, run, squat or kneel. I am waiting for the x-ray and MRI results. I am meeting my doctor in three weeks. It's hard to pinpoint, but I think the pain is in the front of the knees (patellar issues?).

    It is really messing up my training. I am afraid to squat or even deadlifts. What leg exercises should I do instead that will give me some benefit without straining the knees? Or should I just wait for the results and recommendations of the doctor? I feel like waiting is deteriorating me...
    Wait for the results and focus on improving your bench, ohp, pullups, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GenetalGiant View Post
    Wait for the results and focus on improving your bench, ohp, pullups, etc.
    That's what I was thinking. Better be safe etc.

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    I'd lay off any leg workouts srs. I had the same thing and it was a miniscus tear in my left knee. I'm fully healed but still laying off legs till few months just to make sure. Read my log for info srs

    http://www.fitmisc.net/forum/showthr...00-Healing-log

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    Quote Originally Posted by GenetalGiant View Post
    Wait for the results and focus on improving your bench, ohp, pullups, etc.
    This. I trained through a partially ruptured plantar fascia and wound up wrecking my feet and legs. I would just walk, follow physician direction.

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    Sound advice, mates. Will wait for doctor's diagnosis before training legs again.

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    It's best to wait for the diagnosis, sure. If it turns out you have patellar tendinitis, I've found that doing body weight squats on a slant board, heels up/toes down, is the best cure. Worked for me, and I keep doing them as a sort of prehab. There are a lot of videos online about this. Ice the shit out of your knees too. Hope you feel better.

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    If I couldn't squat I'd smart sniffing percs and shooting meth agajn
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    just skip leg day tbh

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    heavy benching should keep your calves fresh

    good luck with the doctor buddy


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dbolic View Post
    It's best to wait for the diagnosis, sure. If it turns out you have patellar tendinitis, I've found that doing body weight squats on a slant board, heels up/toes down, is the best cure. Worked for me, and I keep doing them as a sort of prehab. There are a lot of videos online about this. Ice the shit out of your knees too. Hope you feel better.
    The position you describe, with heels elevated, does provide relief. And I noticed that the pain tends to be mostly above the front knee, right above the patella, although there could be many other reasons causing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaventFlinchedInYears View Post
    If I couldn't squat I'd smart sniffing percs and shooting meth agajn
    It's pretty depressing, for sure. I fear that I'll become a "every day is chest day" brah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChesterLights View Post
    heavy benching should keep your calves fresh

    good luck with the doctor buddy

    Kyriakos Grizzly reminded me that I didn't pack a bloatlunch today. Should I mog a pizza or a bacon cheeseburger with a side of poutine, extra fromage?

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    Don't train legs but you can still train everything else. Go the Levrone PRP treatment route if you have to but don't abuse them once you're better (stick to high rep workouts with very moderate weights).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Blaha's bulging red speedo View Post
    Kyriakos Grizzly reminded me that I didn't pack a bloatlunch today. Should I mog a pizza or a bacon cheeseburger with a side of poutine, extra fromage?
    Domino's 3-topping large via carry-out should enact muscle maturation in your legs, buddy.

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    walk, stretch, and do rehab.

    a good exercise to do is to flex your knees like 10-20 times in a row for 3-4 sets a few times a day. Think of your knee like you elbow, and imagine trying to "pop" your elbow. It's hard to describe but basically just flex your quads and hammies at the same time and flex and extend your leg whilst keeping tension the whole time on the knee and connective tissue. It might pop or have some like grinding or similar sounds, but this shit will clear up your knee pain asap. strengthens the tendons

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    Quote Originally Posted by brahskimoseph View Post
    walk, stretch, and do rehab.

    a good exercise to do is to flex your knees like 10-20 times in a row for 3-4 sets a few times a day. Think of your knee like you elbow, and imagine trying to "pop" your elbow. It's hard to describe but basically just flex your quads and hammies at the same time and flex and extend your leg whilst keeping tension the whole time on the knee and connective tissue. It might pop or have some like grinding or similar sounds, but this shit will clear up your knee pain asap. strengthens the tendons
    Like if I was doing an imaginary leg extension + leg curl?

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    Op what was your leg training like leading up to this?
    Weights, running etc all training I mean?

    Just at gym today someone commented on my knees and I responded partially its bc I don't overuse either pattern hip hinge or knee travel (like low bar/high Bar knee movement).
    Partially in balancing out hams/quads/calves even.

    When you know the issue chime back in and just start slow and ramp up week by week. That's also the time to do foam rolling/mobility/rehab/prehab workouts on your leg days mainly. Learn as much as you can
    Strength/Filt Log
    [url]http://www.fitmisc.net/forum/showthread.php?124579-2nd-Blast-Log-Still-Natty-Though/page2&p=1629028#post1629028[url]

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    Mostly squats, leg extensions and curls and leg presses. Used to jog 10-20 minutes 2-3 times a week but now I just walk from work, about 35 minutes regular pace 3-4 times a week.

    I had an injury at one point (my 240 lb coworker and I were speeding in a golf cart and it tipped over and I hurt my knee...). I thought it had resolved because I was able to squat, but it may be coming back...

    Will see what doctor says. I hope I can avoid surgery.


 

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