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Minor pain in knee while doing squats?

BlochWaveBlochWave Registered User regular
edited August 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I started lifting weights about three months ago with a couple of friends who are following a pretty set workout routine (4 groups of muscles, Monday and Friday repeat, Thursday's always leg day unless it's leg week and then it's Monday and Friday)

I was pretty weak before, and I'm guessing now, but apparently my legs were exceptionally weak. Right now, for example, I can bench around 130, 3 sets of 8, without exceptional difficulty, my back has become surprisingly strong, blah blah yay muscle growth. But I squat, usually, about 95. It's not so much that it's too heavy, it's that any more than that, and usually the last few of that, my knee will start to hurt.

It's a dull and relatively unalarming pain, the type that makes you go "oh hey it hurts again, huh." It's right around that little...crease...part on the inside-ish of the knee. Is that something to be greatly alarmed by? From what I've read, it can be a matter of my thigh muscles not being strong enough, or too great a disparity between the strength of the quadriceps and hamstring, which considering my undeveloped gams could very well be the case.

I think a telling thing is that it usually doesn't hurt on the leg press, even after ending a set of squats which ended with it hurting, which screams "stability thing" to me.

I've got good form on the squat, my buddies are knowledgeable and I've done my own research and we've got mirrors in the gym, my knees don't track too far forward, they're in line with my ankles, I've tried slightly wider and narrower stances but that doesn't make much of a difference it seems. As far as my knees go I can run/jump/frolic/skip/prance without issue, even immediately after a leg workout (well they're tired, but the knee is fine if I'm not doing that specific motion)

Anyhoo, anyone have any similar experience ever and knows how it turned out? I know everyone is probably just dying to type "go see a doctor", but I already know that would probably be a good idea

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    FallingmanFallingman Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I started using weights recently - after about a month - I got a pain in my shoulder... It got worse - so I took a week or two off and it fixed it - I havent had trouble since.

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    Mojo the AvengerMojo the Avenger Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    See an orthopedic surgeon.

    I was completely unable to get past about 75 pounds on the military press, so I went to see one. Turns out my AC joint was messed up. One shot of cortisone and 3 hours later I put up 115 pounds, and my bench went up 20 pounds as well.

    If your squat of all things isn't improving and you've only been lifting for three months your knee is probably messed up. Have you ever damaged it playing sports or anything?

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    BlochWaveBlochWave Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Nope, never injured it

    If I wanted to get it looked at, should I go to a general practictioner or straight to a sports physician of some sort? Of course annoyingly next week is our last week of this program, and they were gonna take a couple of weeks off

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    DixonDixon Screwed...possibly doomed CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Mojo I think I might do what you did, and talk to the orthopedic surgeon. I have a problem with both my shoulders, it's a huge problem whenever I'm shoveling snow or digging. I can do the motion for about 5 minutes and then I get a huge dull pain in the joint of the arm which is putting a lot of the pressure of the shovel.
    I'll usually end up swtich the shovel around to my other side until that side hurts and then back again when the other shoulder is causing me grief

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    AgsieAgsie Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    About 95% of the people at any gym I've ever been a member of do squats incorrectly even though they are 'knowledgeable' weight lifters. Hell, I was doing them wrong for a couple of years until I bought the book 'Starting Strength'.

    What do you mean by your knees are in line with your ankles? Your knees should be in front of your toes at the bottom of the squat. Assuming you are doing squats with the bar on your back. Also, if you do not go down low enough a lot of the stress is placed on your knees rather than your hips.

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    BlochWaveBlochWave Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    What do you mean by your knees are in line with your ankles?

    Clearly not what you think. I mean I'm not turning my foot at the ankle and causing the knee to move in a different direction than the toes are pointing

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    Mojo the AvengerMojo the Avenger Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    BlochWave wrote: »
    Nope, never injured it

    If I wanted to get it looked at, should I go to a general practictioner or straight to a sports physician of some sort? Of course annoyingly next week is our last week of this program, and they were gonna take a couple of weeks off

    Personally I went straight to the orthopedic surgeon, no doctors referral or anything.

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    the wookthe wook Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    can you be any more specific / scientific with the location of the pain?

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    GafotoGafoto Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Have you taken a break to let things heal up?

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