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Old 03-07-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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squatting with a knee injury?

OK so i pretty seriously injured my ACL and a bunch of other ligaments about 4 years ago in a skiing accident.
Just recently its come back to haunt me, i have been to physiotherapy and they reckon worst case is surgery for it.

I also talked to my rugby coach who has had an ACL injury also, he reckons i should not be doing any squats past parallel even when my knee heals because it puts a lot of strain on the tendons and ligaments etc.
what is everyones thoughts on that?

also say worst case happened and i got surgery does anyone know if i would be able to squat and all that with a reconstruction?

cheers and any advice is much appreciatated,
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:53 PM   #2
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Re: squatting with a knee injury?

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also say worst case happened and i got surgery does anyone know if i would be able to squat and all that with a reconstruction?
Yes.

See the billion post ACL Reconstruction thread for a ton of success stories.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:09 AM   #3
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Re: squatting with a knee injury?

cheers ive had a look and recovery it sounds bright even if surgery happens

just looking over my notes from physio apparently it could be ACL or MCL, yet to get it diagnosed fully. If that makes any difference?
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:35 PM   #4
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Re: squatting with a knee injury?

Yes, generally ACL takes longer to recover from because destabilization of the knee is worse leading to more significant atrophy
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:02 PM   #5
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Re: squatting with a knee injury?

For what it's worth, my friend had an ACL surgery in May last year. By the fall he was squatting and deadlifting with me, as well as playing basketball a number of times per week. He sometimes had to take a day off, but now he's 100%. He went on a ski trip with me last week and fell alot (it was his first time skiing) and had no knee pain. You will be able to go heavy and hard again, just ease back into it and don't rush things.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:11 PM   #6
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Re: squatting with a knee injury?

Alex,

What are the problems you are having with your knee now? Instability, pain, locking, or a combination of those things?

One of the problems with having an ACL deficient knee is increased/accelerated wear of the cartilage in the knee. It could be that you have developed arthritis or a meniscal injury due to the instability and an increased pivot on your lateral (outside) compartment of the knee.
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Re: squatting with a knee injury?

Talking to my physio again yesterday he reckons its a MCL strain that has been caused by something going on deeper in the knee thanks to school waterpolo (treading water is a very unnatural movement and quite hard on the knees). And im thankfully most likely to not be needing reconstruction

basically twisting my heel inwards gives my pain, i can feel it during squats but it is not pain as much as a niggle.
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Re: squatting with a knee injury?

Twisting your heel inwards, AKA external rotation is going to put undue stress on not only the MCL, but also the lateral compartment. This is increased without an ACL to decrease the pivot strain.

Can you describe which part of your knee is painful?
Are you having any locking or buckling in the knee?
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Re: squatting with a knee injury?

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Twisting your heel inwards, AKA external rotation is going to put undue stress on not only the MCL, but also the lateral compartment. This is increased without an ACL to decrease the pivot strain.

Can you describe which part of your knee is painful?
Are you having any locking or buckling in the knee?

no locking or bucking, only shooting pain in rotational movement.
the whole inside of the knee joint hurts, not sure how to describe really, mostly lower part of the knee, and its pretty linear.

not sure if that helps?
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Re: squatting with a knee injury?

Could be a meniscal injury, could be arthritic change. I would definitely get it checked out when you can.
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