I am not quite 35 (34 in a couple of months) but couldn’t see which area would be best to post this.
I am active, I train weights 3 times per week (focussing on the big 3 lifts plus accesory excercises) I also train for MMA 3-4 times per week.
A few months ago I had a long plane journey (30+ hrs) followed by a few weeks travelling distances each day cramped into a mini bus. Following this I started to suffer from patellofemoral pain if I have to sit for a long period, when I climb stairs or when I squat deep.
When I am squatting with weights the pain susbisdes after a couple of warm up sets but BW squats ass to grass always seem to hurt.
I have done some reading on the web and most sources seem to say rest and strengthen the inner quads (not sure how to do both at the same time) coupled with NSAIDs.
I know the obvious answer is go see a doctor but there are not any sports medicine experts here in Mexico that I trust and my insurance won’t cover me to fly back to the UK to see the Sports Medicine people I have used in the past.
I was just wondering if anyone here had any experience or ideas. Ideally I don’t want to be laying of lower body excercise for 4-6 weeks as I have the BJJ NoGi national championships coming up in a couple of months. On the other hand I don’t want to be unable to run around with my kids in 10 years time due to osteoarthritis of the knee.