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    LCL popping?

    My left leg's interior LCL is popping when my left leg is extending (read: quad extension). I think it may have developed from overtraining. I cant find a cyst nor is it painful nor is there any site swelling. Anyone experienced something similar? If so, how did you treat it, if at all? I dont want to lift on it as tendon/ligament injuries can compound if they are neglected, but like most of you, I do not want to sideline myself any longer than necessary.

    PS: I am aware that a doctor is an option but until it is determined that RICE will not fix this, that option is deferred.

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    Wannabebig New Member
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    Stretch

    I have recently experienced something similar. My LCL pops everytime I sqaut or do exercises such as leg press or simply running. I found one thing that did temporarily help but it was uncomfortable to do. I was to lay in a sideways plank position with what looked like an over sized pool noodle (sounds crazy, yes, but provided relief for awhile). It was about 5inches in diameter and hard foam. I placed this just below my knee, mid calf approx. You then roll your body along the " noodle" all the way up to almost your hip. It is extremely uncomfortable at the beginning as it applies pressure but in the end i was able to squat with it barely popping and sometimes even not. I was told mine was possibly popping due to the muscles tightening and this stretch helped a bit.
    Im currently wearing a knee brace but it doesnt seem to do much. Try the exercise and let me know how it goes.
    -Trista.

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    ^ Aka foam roll your IT bands.

    I had a girl I knew that played volleyball with the same problem. A routine stretching and foam rolling program really helped her out, I worked with her for about 10 minutes 3 days a week and she noticed a huge difference
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    Wannabebig New Member
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    Stretch

    I have recently experienced something similar. My LCL pops everytime I sqaut or do exercises such as leg press or simply running. I found one thing that did temporarily help but it was uncomfortable to do. I was to lay in a sideways plank position with what looked like an over sized pool noodle (sounds crazy, yes, but provided relief for awhile). It was about 5inches in diameter and hard foam. I placed this just below my knee, mid calf approx. You then roll your body along the " noodle" all the way up to almost your hip. It is extremely uncomfortable at the beginning as it applies pressure but in the end i was able to squat with it barely popping and sometimes even not. I was told mine was possibly popping due to the muscles tightening and this stretch helped a bit.
    Im currently wearing a knee brace but it doesnt seem to do much. Try the exercise and let me know how it goes.
    -Trista.

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    My wife had this as well. It also improved with foam rolling and stretching.

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    Wannabebig New Member
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    I now have physio and massage therapy done for my LCL popping. My doctors are leaning towards the conclusion that i have strengthened my muscles unevenly so one muscle is working harder then the other.

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