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Jan Szyndler 08-19-2006 03:27 PM

I have been at the Olympic lifts for about 8 months now and I have noticed that both of my knees are popping quite a bit. As this month has progressed, it has become somewhat painful. I have been on the foam roller, but it doesn't seem to help like I thought it would.
I wondered if working the olympic lifts instead of anything else (and I mean ANYTHING else, b/c I have focused myself soley on them) has caused my patella to track incorrectly?
I know I should be getting sufficent add/abductor work with the lifts, but I do absolutley no lateral movement whatsoever. Does anyone think I should work a bit on the inner/outer thighs in order to restore some balance?

Tim Triche, Jr. 08-19-2006 05:29 PM

Go see a physical therapist. Making diagnoses over the Internet is dangerous, and a good physical therapist (MPT/DPT with several years of experience) will discover potential future injuries (deficiencies) you probably didn't know you had.

PT's are typically $70-120/hour, often your health insurance will cover the cost if you get a referral. Do it. You only get one pair of knees.

Daniel Seth Rudolph 08-20-2006 10:33 AM


I had a similar experience three months ago. A tough bout with Fran beat my knees up a bit. So I've stayed away from stuff like heavy/intense squat to presses, and the pain went away.

Parker Gates 08-22-2006 12:49 PM

I literally just returned from seeing an Ortho specialist here in Nashville. My left knee has started popping more since I started O lifting and has recently become painful when running or doing other knee intensive excercises.
After x-rays my doc doesn't believe I've done any damage but has told me to take the rest of the week off from lifting and starting next week I am to significantly drop my weight and focus on solely form. Also, they have me doing bent and straight knee flutter kicks for 6 minutes a day/every day.

Jan Szyndler 08-22-2006 03:55 PM

If you don't mind me asking, what is the reasoning behind the flutter kicks?

Parker Gates 08-23-2006 11:47 AM

Got me Jan!
The doc just said that was the only thing I should add (other than better form).
I see other people mentioning that they are getting better results with more of a warmup and stretch. Could be related?

Jan Szyndler 08-23-2006 06:14 PM

Got pretty nervous about the whole thing, so went to the ART doc today and was relieved to find out that its only a tightness in the quads. He recommended that I stretch with my leg on a bench behind me and knee straight down for 5 seconds at a time.
I think I'm going to give some of those flutter kick a try, though. Certainly could not hurt!
Parker, by the way, I just read an article on knees/squatting. Here is the link (might have to copy and paste).


Parker Gates 08-25-2006 01:28 PM

Thanks for the link Jan. I'll check it out. Definately stretching and warming up more and more now!

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