Hi, I am a relatively new poster and was hoping someone could give me some more info on the problems with my knee joints.
Before I even started doing squats and deadlifts (i know, i wasnt really lifting until i started...) my right leg was significantly smaller (about an inch less around) than my left, and my right foot tended to pronate outwards more so than my left.
My mom happens to be a doctor, and one day when I went to take her out to lunch I had my knee got checked out by her physical therapist friend. She told me I had a congenital knee problem and that my joints rubbed when I went down past about a half squat. She also told me, that my right lower leg is a bit shorter than my left, which I think is the reason for the difference in size between my limbs. She also said some things about an anteriorly rotated pelvis and something about my right shoulder too.
Anyways she told me not to squat low, or to only squat as low as it didnt hurt, otherwise I would be damaging my knees. But this was a little more than a year ago, and since then i have done many pull type stuff (deadlifts/olympic lifts) and even a good amount of squats. If I squat powerlifting style (yes I go past parallel) and my knees don't come much over my toes I don't seem to have any pain (pain usually occurs next day if I did something wrong), although I have been feeling some pain after doing snatches, or sometimes powercleans... nearly anytime my knees are bent and the weight isnt all on my heels I seem to get a bit of pain the next day in my knees when trying to explod off stairs, or especially if I try body weight squats.
So what I am asking from for you guys is recommendations on excersizes that may strengthen my VMO, especially unilateral ones... but it is hard to go low on unilaterals without having your knee come past your toes, which might be doing more damage than good.
I am just a kid (19) and havent been training very long so I really want to take care of my knees for the long haul. Would glucosamine/chronditon be good? I did some research here, but it was kind of mixed opinions... maybe with just chronditon being recommeneded, not too sure and would appreciate feedback on this too.
I'm about 5'10", 160 lbs
Not to sure about my maxes in things, and don't want to speculate either... lets just peg me as a beginner (1-2 years in the gym)
Thanks in advance, please ask me questions if I need to clarify things... I could really use the help guys, don't let this kid mess up his knees!