I have a knee that encounters pain and slight swelling if the joint experiences irritation under loads. I saw my doctor in the past when it was so swollen and painful that I was in bed for a few days. He told me to be prepared for that occurring whenever the joint becomes irritated due to the condition of that knee.
I am now doing squats and can sense that I am approaching the irritation point. Is anyone familiar with some type of support or brace that may be used for relieving some of the direct stress in the knee area for weightlifting? I have seen on the net assorted wraps, sleeves and hinged braces but not sure what would be the best to try.
With the cost of some of these items, thought it best to ask for insight on what may be best to try for reducing the stress and allowing ROM for squats.
Thank you for any insight or direction in this matter.
My doctor is an Orthopedic surgeon. 12 years ago he removed my knee cap that was shattered in a motorcycle accident. No artificial knee cap was inserted, he said that will come when I am much older (currently 43).
Over these past number of years, including some weightlifting, I have learned to manage this situation by monitoring my response under loads. I did have to see him about 3 yrs ago when I pushed a little to hard resulting in extreme swelling and pain. I am now sensitive that threshold is being approached again if I continue without any support.
I am just hopeful that there is something I can try that may allow me to progress a little further with my weight program. Money is limited if options may be available to try.
Thanks again for any insight or direction in this matter.
Post by Marc Bernier, M.P.T., C.S.C.S. on Oct 10, 2007 20:54:26 GMT -6
Kap -- The most important thing to understand is that the condition of your knee will predispose it to chronic injury. The loss of your patella (knee cap) will result in biomechanical changes at the knee, and these may predispose you to episodes of pain and swelling if you are not careful in your choice and/or intensity of exercise due to excessive stress being placed on the joint.
Another thing to consider is that other areas of your knee may also have some degree of injury. Individuals that have been involved in athletics throughout their lifetime can be prone to an earlier deterioration of the cartilage within the joint (osteoarthritis), which includes the menisci. Given your history of a car accident, it is possible the accident may have also caused some damage that laid the foundation for future cartilage problems.
What this all means is that you may have to consider altering your workout program to avoid overstressing your knee, and reduce the amount of stress you are placing on the joint. My first recommendation would be to modify your technique in squatting. It is not necessary for you to perform deep squats at your age, and that alone could be causing the majority of your problems. Decrease your squat depth so that you are performing 1/2 squats instead of full squats. Increase your use of a leg press machine, which will allow you to better control the weight, and will place less stress on the joint simply due to your body positioning.
As for your original question regarding bracing and wraps, I think that they may provide some benefit, but if you continue to perform exercises that overly stress the joint, you will continue to have problems. My advice would be to select a brace or wrap that was comfortable, and do not spend a lot of money on any fancy gimmick. To my knowledge, there isn't a specific type of brace that would be more beneficial for your specific situation.
It is critical that you understand that a 43 year old knee is not in the same condition as a 20-something year old knee, and your goals for working out should be different as well. The goal is not to see how much you can squat, but to exercise to help maintain the health of the joint. This will help ensure that the "future" surgery the doctor referred to is put off as long as possible.
Post by smashing15 on Jun 22, 2008 13:42:26 GMT -6
I am a 26 year old female weightlifter and I recently got off a back injury. I was doing squats last Sunday and noticed some pain in my left hip area. I didn't think much of it until I got home and it was so painful I could barely walk. It felt like a pinched nerve or something. I have been trying to rest it during the week and then I decided to do some other stretching and strengthening exercises on Friday and it has gotten considerably worse. Any time I put weight just on the left leg I feel as though the femur bone and my hip socket are rubbing against each other. It's very painful to walk and if I am on my feet for too long I feel that my butt and hip muscles get very tight and tired.
I haven't gone to a doctor yet but does anyone have any suggestions on stretches or other exercises I could do to prevent further damage??