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In today’s FAQ video, we answer the question “Why do I have knee pain when I squat?”

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Why Do I Have Knee Pain When I Squat?

Video Transcription

[Please excuse grammatical errors due to the conversational nature of the video]:

So why does why does my knee hurt when I squat?

Well, that’s another tricky question. It could be a million different things. It really depends on squat mechanics, how the joint is moving. Also, just the strength of various muscles are factors. Sometimes muscles and the hips are actually weak, and they allow the knees to move in awkward ways.

When you squat, if you’ve had an ankle sprain or have stiff ankles, the knees sometimes don’t move correctly. Then you put additional strain on your knees that could also result in back pain. People can also bend forward too much when they squat. Man, the list goes on.

Is there anything else you want to add to that?

It’s a pretty good list. But yeah, there’s a lot of them. I mean, we all squat, right? We all sit in chairs. We all get down in chairs. So it’s a skill set that I think everybody should be proficient at. But yeah, identifying the different factors is important to help in resolving that. 

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