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Do your knees hurt when you squat?

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by Bradley Green

Squats are one of the most commonly performed exercises in gyms worldwide.

Physiotherapists hear all too often that people don’t do squats  because it hurts their knees. The squat itself is a complex movement that requires strength, mobility, and coordination. When it’s done properly, it can be pain free.

I have worked with clients ranging from pediatrics to the elderly. I have also trained and coached individuals from weekend warriors up to international level athletes across various sports, and I compete in Olympic weightlifting.

Even if you aren’t an “athlete”, per se, squats can help when done properly. They can help with getting on and off the toilet, into or out of chairs, or even going up or down stairs.  Squats are a great exercise to make your life easier.

Knee pain can be an issue if there is inadequate mobility or strength in the feet, knees, hips, pelvis and spine. It’s important that you have good form when you do squats and choose the right exercise so that you can avoid  knee pain!

Some squat variations include front squats, back squats, single leg squats, and goblet squats, just to name a few. It is tough to argue that any other group of lower body exercises can develop strength, size, power, and speed like the squat. So whether you use the squat to build bigger legs or to enhance your performance, or just move more easily, squats should be a keystone in any well rounded training program.

So, what does this all mean? If you have knee pain during any of your daily activities or when performing squats at the gym, a physiotherapist can help. We are trained to assess how you move and determine the most effective exercises and treatments to help decrease your knee pain and get you squatting pain free again!


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