Last week I started experiencing left lateral knee pain, progressing from a dull ache to severe sharp pain and inability to fully flex or extend my left leg. This has been going on for 5 days so far. The pain is still there but not as bad, and my leg still feels stiff.
I did go to an urgent care clinic and had X-rays taken. X-rays showed no tears, but doctor thought it might be a meniscus issue based on the McMurray test he performed. I have scheduled a follow up with an orthopedist to get an MRI.
The only thing I could think of being responsible for this knee pain is the 8 sets of squats I did a few days before the ache started. It wasn't a lot of weight but did mostly 5 sets of 5 reps with speed and depth.
My question is, has anyone out there suffered meniscus tears or other knee injuries, and was able to do recover enough to go back to full depth heavy squats? How did you recover? What did your doctor say about squatting?
I'm 45 years old by the way, not young anymore. I love squatting but hate the thought that I can't squat anymore, let alone heavy.