Post by theflush on Feb 27, 2017 6:48:52 GMT -6
I am a fat old desk jockey who is trying to get back into weight training (started at the end of November 2016).
About six weeks ago I was doing low bar back squats with relatively light weight on the bar when I felt sharp pain on the lower lateral side of my knee. It feels like it could be where the hamstring tendon attaches to the tibia (or is it fibula?). I bring that up because a couple weeks before this I was doing back extensions and felt like it hyperextended my knees and caused some discomfort in the back of my knees. I don't know if these events are related. The pain is worst when there is any loaded knee flexion such as a squat (even with no weight), descending stairs, or pulling my knee to my chest. Sometimes there is pain on the patellar tendon, but it is a little duller pain than on the lateral side of the knee. Kneeling on this knee hurts the patellar tendon. Sometimes it even feels like a dull shin splint. The patellar tendon pain and the lateral side pain can happen independent of each other. I am on a blood thinner due to a pulmonary embolism and therefore cannot take any NSAIDs, which makes it hard to manage the pain. Walking (except right after standing up), sitting (except the act of sitting down or standing up), and lying down are usually not too painful. The red X in the picture below shows where the lateral pain is.
I believe the cause of the injury that is causing this pain is probably knee slide at the bottom of the squat and I also believe that I have mostly fixed that form issue as of the last time I lifted, but the underlying injury is still causing pain.
More history on this injury. I was unable to complete the planned sets of squats the first time I felt the pain. I then skipped a day of planned squats before trying again. I was able to complete the workout, but the pain was back and worse. I skipped 2 days of planned squats and then squatted 7 calendar days after the last day of squats and started wearing knee sleeves, which seemed to help. Pain was manageable. After the next planned session of squats my knee pain was getting worse again. I skipped squats for 4 planned workouts and then squatted again after 10 calendar days. This time it felt decent and I did not have much pain at the gym or at home/work. But after the next day of squats the pain returned and my knee was hurting at home/work. I have not squatted since then. After the last time of squats I had to go pack up my parents house in order for it to be sold. My knee hurt a lot over that weekend from being on my feet a lot and going up and down stairs a lot. Since then the pain is getting better but it still hurts under any loaded flexion. If it only hurt while lifting I could tolerate it, but I can't tolerate it away from the gym.
I will not squat again until I am pain free. If my knee does not feel better in a couple more weeks I will probably see an orthopedist. In the mean time, is there anything I should be doing or not doing? I have continued to do deadlifts and do not feel any pain then nor with any of my upper body lifts. Is more rest the best course of action or should I see a doctor now?