Pain in thighs just above the knee from wall squats
I'm glad I stumbled across your site; you are doing great work here, thanks.
I'm a male, 190 pounds, six-two. I have been fairly active all my life, including running marathons.
Over this past summer I decided to do some strength training at home, so I devised a program of pullups, dips, etc.
I wanted to do weighted squats but obviously without equipment it was impossible. After some experimenting, I came up with a replacement exercise, basically a one-legged squat while leaning back against a wall, sliding up and down against it.
I had good results with the exercise and no pain other than DOMS, ie a bit of muscle stiffness in the quads in the days following each session.
Then I began to add weight in the form of a backpack. I kept adding more. After a while I realized what I thought was the usual muscle stiffness that would fade in a few days, would not go away.
I stopped doing the squats immediately. I have been off them for a little more than a month now.
But my thighs are still in pain, big-time.
I don't know if I have injured the tendons or some other structure. The pain feels deep in the muscle just above the knee but not in the knee joint itself. It hurts to squat past parallel. If I sit for a long time with bent legs it gets really stiff and sore.
I am worried that this could become chronic. Will it go away if I just leave off my homemade squats or should I see a professional?
--Thanks in advance.
A few questions first to see if this is Tendonitis, or just a Tendonitis dynamic.
1. How often did you do these wall squats?
2. How 'bad' is the pain? Please describe in greater detail. Is it dull achey, sharp, burney, shooting, etc, and what does it feel like at rest as opposed to activity?
3. Overall nutrition?
4. History of injury or Tendonitis?
I'm happy you have no pain in your joint. That's good.
I doubt you'll need to go see a professional, though an expert massage therapist might be a good idea.
But for the most part, you can self-care this kind of thing at home once you know how and if you are willing to spend the time and effort in 'fixing' it.
I'll have some good stuff for you.
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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