To Squat or Not Squat

I was very pleased that I did not have any knee pain from doing squats yesterday. I have purposely not done squats for the past couple of years because they caused a lot of joint pain in my knees. But, I miss squatting. I miss the feeling of having powerful quad muscles.

Please no lectures on the proper squat mechanics. I am not able to perform a rock bottom squat because I cannot bend my left leg more than 90 degrees.

I was evaluated by a CK-FMS in May of 2010. One of the test is the Deep Squat test and I am not able to get my glutes below my knees even if I elevate my heels. Click here for a video.

The CK-FMS recommended visiting a chiropractor to see if I could increase the range of motion (ROM) by breaking up scar tissue from surgery in 1982. After several very painful visits in which the chiropractor used Graston technique, I did increase my ROM almost 5 degrees – this allowed me to walk down stairs without any pain.

I have also received Deep Tissue Laser Treatment on both knees. This treatment did not increase my ROM but it did help with knee pain and my bad knee no longer locks up after sitting for long periods of time.

Deep Dissue Laser Treatment

I went to an orthopedic surgeon last year who took x-rays of both knees. It was his opinion that the limiting factor in the ROM was arthritis. He told me to continue to push the ROM and to NOT gain weight. He said that every 10 lbs of extra weight will feel like 70 lbs when you go down hill.

So, I am going to start to squatting again. It felt good and there was no pain!

This morning I did “Spin & Slim” in my very crammed living room. I would give the contractor a bonus if he would hurry up and finish my basement!

  1. Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    There are lots of ways you can build your quads without squatting very far down. I’m not able to go down far due to how my knee joint is built and arthritis, so I feel your pain!

  2. Monday, March 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Do your knees hurt when you hike?

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