Hi everyone haven't posted on here much and for awhile. So to get to it I have been having this nagging knee pain when squatting since August and thought maybe I was pushing lower body to hard so I dialed it way back. I went from squatting 315 for a set of 5 to only doing 250 for a single, which is not impressive at all considering I weight about 250.
However the pain persisted and only got worse so I tried to work on my form because someone pointed out my knees were caving in when I squatted, but still the pain. So I decided to just box squat and dial the weight back again, but the pain was still there. Then Christmas hit and I started having pain with just sitting and standing up and going up and down stairs.
So I decided to let me knee rest completely and took 6 weeks off anything but work and walking my dogs. It has now gotten so bad that I went to my doctor fearing the worst, which luckily it isn't, he tells me I have a pulled tendon and a patellar malformation and wants me to wear a brace and take nsaids. Now he said I could work out but nothing that incorporates bending the knee to much and especially no squatting or deadlifting! So does anybody know of a way to work my legs so I don't lose much more of my strength that isn't some variation of these 2 lifts? The only thing I could come up with is really heavy farmers walks.