I have pain above my knees especially while my quads are in tension. It's a few inches above the kneecap, I'd guess its the tendon connecting the quad.
I've been limited in my weightlifting due to a finger injury; essentially I can stabilize the bar on my back and do some dumbbell work but no deadlifts, etc. Puts too much pressure in my finger. So I've been doing the following
Step-ups *or* Lunges (3x5 each leg)
Bent-over rows [dumbbell] (3x8)
situps and pushups.
I can't pinpoint when the pain started other than it was a day after lifting. Had it for a week now, doesn't directly hurt when lifting (after stretching).
The only other issue I can note is sometimes when doing step-ups my left knee especially doesn't move in a smooth plane; it sligtly bows out when I am stepping. I wonder if there is some weakness in my knee stabilizer muscles that is causing the quad pain? I've been cycling for years which works your quads/hamstring but since all the motion is in the plane your adductor really isn't needed other than to just keep the knee in position; could it be my knee stabilization is weak? What can I do to compensate?