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    Knee Problem

    last week when i was doing squats i notice a slight pain in the knee joint of my right leg. i can sometimes feel it now when i stand up or walk up stairs. its nothing too big, but im kinda worried about a potential problem arising if im putting heavy weight on it (its not a substantial amount of weight, only about 180). my legs day this week is coming up on wednesday. should i try to work around it, work with lower weight and higher reps til it subsides, or just bag the squats til it goes away? id really hate to stop my progression, but i also dont want to have a torn ligament or something and not be able to do legwork again for a while. what do you guys suggest?

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    Don't work through pain. If it's just muscle soreness you're probably fine, but if it is something distinctly in the knee and is a shooting pain or constant/dull ache you should probably take it easy for a bit.
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    Have you considered the possibility of this being a form issue? Do you stay on your heels? Do you stretch? Do you have any tight spots around your quads or hips? Is one leg dominating in the lifts? Do you bounce out of the hole?

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    Taken from the "Bad Knees" article on leg training:

    There are two very basic and very common sense rules when using the knee-friendly training exercises below.
    Rule #1 Ė If it hurts, donít do it!



    I tweaked my right knee about a week ago (in the office, of all the dumb places). Deadlifts were due two days later. I lightened up. Glad I did. I still got what I'd call a 75% workout and now, several days later, the knee isn't hurting and I'll see how squats go tomorrow. Pain is your body's way of telling you to ease up. Missing 25% of one or two workouts is a lot better than missing 100% of many workouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Runty View Post
    Don't work through pain. If it's just muscle soreness you're probably fine, but if it is something distinctly in the knee and is a shooting pain or constant/dull ache you should probably take it easy for a bit.

    its definitely not muscle soreness, its something with the joint. for the other poster, i usually check my form, but there could be a possibility that there is an issue with it, ill re-evaluate my form.

    i dont bounce out of it, i usually drop slowly, hit the bottom and stop, then explosively go back up.

    im gonna try it out on the smith machine where its more controlled and see how it goes

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    The smith machine is more than likely not the answer. Take a video of your form so you can really see whats going on.
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    Im putting my money on an IT band. OP, have you been diligent with foam rolling? Have you been rolling your IT band?
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    smithy squats a recipe for ****ed knees

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runty View Post
    The smith machine is more than likely not the answer. Take a video of your form so you can really see whats going on.
    Agreed! Don't do the Smith machine! Aside from being a horrible, terrible thing, it is too different from a normal squat to be able to diagnose anything anyways.
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    I second that it is an IT band problem. I started jogging and had what's called "runner's knee" its due to the IT band being tight. I foam rolled and did balancing on one leg type of exercises for it. Been squatting heavy ever since, they have never felt better.

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    What is an "IT band"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by depotman View Post
    What is an "IT band"?
    +1

    Anatomy lesson, please..
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    Quote Originally Posted by weetza View Post
    I second that it is an IT band problem. I started jogging and had what's called "runner's knee" its due to the IT band being tight. I foam rolled and did balancing on one leg type of exercises for it. Been squatting heavy ever since, they have never felt better.
    i had that before from running, years ago. its does kinda feel like the same thing, not as bad as before but then again i was an idiot and used to run on it anyway. i think im just gonna take the week off from doing squats, i really hate to do it but its better than risking not being able to squat for a while. ill look into the foam rolling. always learn new ideas from this site, thanks guys

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    It's probably a form issue, but foam rolling/massaging the IT band would help. In the long run, you need to fix your form. In the short run, just dig in the IT band with some tennis balls/lacrosse balls/your fingers until it is painful, and then hold that position until the pain goes away. Immediately after, your knee should feel brand new. Do that a couple times a day for a while.

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    i also feel joint pain in my knees on my 'off' days and it hurts when i walk sometimes. i have a workout session tommorow...i think going skip it if the pain persist.

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    Iliotibial Band. It runs down the outside length of the upper leg and inserts into then across the knee. A knot in the IT band can cause lots of pain in the knee area.

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