I have problems squatting, mostly back squatting, due to knee pain that has come and gone for the past 7 years, which I initially developed from playing basketball in high school, (repetitive jumping/landing) the past 3 monthes it has pretty much stopped me from squatting.
I’ve done some front squats within 20 lb of previous max, but I haven’t been able to back squat to proper depth at all, just high box squats, which still feel akward and hard on my knees and I can’t even do back squats with a broom without pain right now, I find that putting the bar behind my back throws my balance forward and shifts my knees to far forward.
I am thinking right now of giving up back squats completely, and just doing front squats and split squats, what do you guys think? For my goals I just like to lift big weights and I sort of dabble in strongman, I did a couple amateaur comps last year and I want to do some more this summer, and generally they don’t involve too much squatting. Can anyone see any problems this might cause in terms of muscle imbalances?
For the record I’ve been to a dr before and was very unhelpful, I was told to squat very high, and take tylenol to mask the pain basically. The pain is around my knee cap, usually on inner side, but sometimes on the outside as well.