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Old 01-19-2009, 07:38 AM   #1
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Here's a Weird One - Knee pain from Handstand and Pullups

I was on vacation in Morocco and tried a free standing handstand (wfs) b/c I had a Crossfit t-shirt on. I kicked up and came back down quickly. I didn't bang my knee, but I landed in a mountain climber position with my right leg bent underneath me. Kind of hurt my knee a little and was limping walking up steps for the next few days.

When I got back, I tried to do my usual butterfly pullups, and my knee was just killing me during the kip when I whip my legs forward to propel me up.

I'm getting ready for the Mid-Atlantic Qualifier and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do the butterfly purely because it's really painful after I do 5-6 pullups. It feels like my knee's ripping apart.

There's an outside chance it's my form, so if anybody wants to look at that, you can click here for video (wfs). Skip ahead to 33 seconds, I'm the guy in the blue shirt.

Any advice is greatly appreciated, I am going to be hating life if a knee injury stops me from doing pullups!!!!!
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:09 AM   #2
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Re: Here's a Weird One - Knee pain from Handstand and Pullups

Well, you didn't say where it hurt at all....

But if your knee is just hurting bending I'd be wary of some meniscus damage especially if it locks up. Might want to see a doc on this one.
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:12 AM   #3
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Re: Here's a Weird One - Knee pain from Handstand and Pullups

If you get pain in the knee from kipping then its probably a hip flexor or more specifically the rectus femoris. Trouble walking up steps points in that direction too. Take a seat and jam your elbow into the top of your thigh. Search for sore spots and massage. This thread might help you out.

http://www.board.crossfit.com/showth...trigger+points

Do deadhangs hurt?

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Re: Here's a Weird One - Knee pain from Handstand and Pullups

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Well, you didn't say where it hurt at all....

But if your knee is just hurting bending I'd be wary of some meniscus damage especially if it locks up. Might want to see a doc on this one.
Steven, it hurts at the very center of my knee - on the x, y, and z axis.

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Do deadhangs hurt?
No deadhangs and traditional kips don't hurt, just when I'm doing the butterfly. The centrifugal force exerted on my lower leg is obviously pulling my knee apart at some point. It's only my right knee, and that's the knee that was injured during the handstand.

Just trying to narrow this down before I walk into a doc's office.
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Re: Here's a Weird One - Knee pain from Handstand and Pullups

Yeah dude if it's inside it sounds like meniscus or ACL. If it's dead center does sound like ACL.

Try the anterior drawer/translation test... if you get more than a little movement your ACL probably tore. That would cause the instability which could cause pain. Walking up stairs with a missing ACL would probably result in posterior sliding of the femur = pain.. same with kipping and anterior translation of the tibia

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http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipk...symptoms_2.htm

Hopefully it not.. but it sounds like it.
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