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Losing Hope: Knee Injury


#1

Injured my knee in September… haven’t done squats, deadlifts or lunges since then. Definitely cannot do leg extensions or split squats.

I have tons of motivation to train legs, but I can’t, other than light hamstring curls and glute bridges. Can anyone give me a reason to not give up on powerlifting? I guess I am stubborn–powerlifting is like crack for me, but I guess I have to be content with just doing bench :confused:


#2

what specifically is wrong with your knee?


#3

x2.

Hard to give advice without knowing 1) what the problem is and 2) what you’ve been doing (if anything) to address it.


#4

I blew out my ACL and shredded my meniscus and managed to get in some leg training through injury and surgical recovery. What is holding you back in this instance?


#5

Tweaked it one day during squatting and it has never been the same. It feels a little weak in general. What’s funny is all the joints on my left side are a little off–it started with my left upper back then slowly spread to the left lower back and now the left knee. My elbows are also messed up but I think it’s from too much texting. I can do light weight squats very carefully, but will get intense pain in the left knee if I try going heavier. It basically doesn’t hurt as long as I avoid the exercises that hurt. I’m thinking all i can do is the voo doo band flossing and lots of yoga and myofascial release and be patient. I hate yoga but it’s one of the only things I think will work. I’ll try to save up and get acupuncture too.