Advice pls.: Knee pain/inflamation

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Advice pls.: Knee pain/inflamation

Post by UG » Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:22 pm

I just started on squat based strength training plan -- and my left knee joint is in pain while walking (not while sitting or sleeping).

It is not very severe, but I would like to understand the cause and prevent it happening again.

I had worked out Stronglifts 5X5 after which the pain started same day.

Location of pain is *front* side of left knee, around area *below* knee cap.

It started after I worked out as below:

-- BB squat: 5x5 ( with empty Olympic BB )
-- Pull-ups: 3XF
-- BB deadlift: 1X5 ( with empty Olympic BB )
-- Overhead Press ( with empty Olympic BB )

So, the loading is not too much as you can see above -- maybe it is the squat technique ? or is just body needs adjustment to new workout (which is BB squat, BB Deadlift)

(I have tried to follow all squat technique instruction that I know -- like keep back straight, look forward, toes follow knees etc.).?

What can I do to avoid knee pain happening again ?

It is kind of frustrating to not be able to workout for 2-3 days more, when I had just started on 5x5 plan after losing 1-2 weeks layoff due to cold/flu.
And before that I had jus t hurt me knee -- this time due to running on tredmill too fast :(

Does anybody faced this issue sometime or the other ? How did you resolve it ? Any other ideas that will help me ?

Thanks a lot.


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Post by TimD » Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:36 pm

You're really asking the wrong people. Sure, you might get lucky and someone may have had this and POSSIBLY offer you some advice, but we can't see your form, and I wouldn't take any advice from anyone other than a medical professional who was examining me anyway. Go to a ortho that specialize in sports med, get a consult wwith the Doc and also his preferred phys therapist for questions on your form.
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Post by UG » Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:42 pm

TimD wrote:You're really asking the wrong people. Sure, you might get lucky and someone may have had this and POSSIBLY offer you some advice, but we can't see your form, and I wouldn't take any advice from anyone other than a medical professional who was examining me anyway. Go to a ortho that specialize in sports med, get a consult wwith the Doc and also his preferred phys therapist for questions on your form.
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Got it.

So I ask my Doc that I want to see Sport Med Expert Ortho ?
And also that I want to see a physical Therapist ?

Or just one of above ? or both ?

Sorry -- but I had to ask clearly.

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Post by TimD » Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:01 pm

OK, understood. Here is how I would approach the issue, not knowing what type of insurance and coverage you have. If its an HMO (US) you have to make contact with you're assigned GP. At that point, have him/her asses the problem for documentation, and have them get you a referal to a well qualified orthopedic surgeon that is sports med qualified. Then he can asses the situation and put you in touch with well qualified therapist (most of these type of docs have their favorite they can bring in).
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Post by KPj » Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:39 am

Does anybody faced this issue sometime or the other ? How did you resolve it ? Any other ideas that will help me ?
I'm dealing with a similar issue just now, which originated several months ago from playing football (soccer for you guys across the pond). Possibly a torn meniscus (at worse) but i'm not sure yet.

You need to see a professional, otherwise your just guessing what the issue is, really.

I'm in Scotland so things will work a little differently I guess. Generally the route is - GP -> GP refers you to physio -> You see a physio. You can't see one of these physios without a referral.

There are private practices where you just call up and make an appointment and pay whatever their rate is. This is my preferred route but only because I know of a physio reasonably close by who is very good and is actually interested in training...


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Post by Jungledoc » Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:49 am

You should have a family doctor that you know well. A qualified Family Practitioner is trained to recognize simple vs. complex knee problems. Some have additional qualifications in Sports Medicine (Sports Medicine doctors may be orthopedists, internists, pediatricians, physical medicine/rehabilitation docs, etc.) Your family doc can examine your knees, then either recommend treatment (exercises, medicines, etc.), refer you to a Physical Therapist (Family Docs usually know the PTs well), or refer you to a more specialized doctor.

It's important to have and maintain a good relationship with a family doc that you get to know well and trust. It's best to have a doc who is familiar with all aspects of your health--nutrition, cardiovascular health, emotional health as well as your muculoskeletal system! If you feel that any doctor, of any specialty is giving you the brush-off, then that's not a good doctor for you. If he or she pays attention to your concerns and helps you find a solution, that's one to stick with. You might even get lucky and find one who's a weight lifter!

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Post by TimD » Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:02 am

Jungledoc, don't get the impression I'm down on GP's. I'm not. I'm down on the whole HMO thing. Used to be 90 % private practice when I grew up in the 50's, 60's, and we had a "family Doc" who got to know us quite well, paid as we went, for the svc offered. Then the HMO's came in with Nixon, and between them and the insurance co's, it's not been real fun. Costs are skyocketing and inflated. I'm just explaining the path to the guy. My Dad's on Medicaid, etc, and whenever a problem comes up, I first take him to his designated GP, and then it goes from there. This one is young and fresh and has a lot of good ideas, but she has so many patients it's not like the old days when you had a family Doc. It's more like a contact person, hopefully he/she can take care of it on the spot, but you're usually going to get a referal to a specialist.
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Post by shaf_43 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:17 pm

If they just started it could just be acute pain, even the empty bar weighs something and maybe this is a small person with little experience? I wonder if the pain is still there? They posted 5 days ago...


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