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Are You Experiencing Any Knee Pain During Squats?




Squats are an excellent exercise for building lower body strength and improving overall fitness. However, knee pain during squats is a common problem that can prevent people from performing this exercise pain-free. At SKYE Physiotherapy, we take a whole-body approach to identify the primary driver of knee pain during squats and help our clients perform deep squats without any discomfort.


Why Knee Pain During Squats Is A Common Problem


Knee pain during squats can be caused by several factors, including poor form, muscle imbalances, and underlying injuries or conditions. Some common reasons why people experience knee pain during squats include:


  • Lack of mobility in the ankles or hips

  • Weakness in the glutes or hamstrings

  • Tightness in the quads or IT band

  • Overuse injuries such as patellar tendonitis

  • Previous injuries in the foot/ankle, hip, lower back, and head/neck body parts


If left unaddressed, knee pain during squats can lead to chronic discomfort and even more severe injuries.


The SKYE Physiotherapy Approach


At SKYE Physiotherapy, we believe in taking a comprehensive approach to address knee pain during squats. Rather than just focusing on the knees themselves, we look at the entire body to identify any underlying issues that may be contributing to discomfort. Our assessment includes examining the head, neck, thorax, lumbar spine, pelvis, hips, knees, and foot/ankle.


Through this whole-body approach, we aim to identify the primary driver of knee pain during squats. We then work with our clients to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses any underlying issues while also helping them perform deep squats without any discomfort.


How SKYE Physiotherapy Can Help


At SKYE Physiotherapy, we use a combination of manual therapy techniques, corrective exercises and education to help our clients address knee pain during squats. Our physiotherapists have extensive training in identifying movement impairments that may be contributing to knee pain and developing treatment plans that target these issues.


We also provide education on proper form when squatting as well as tips for warming up properly before exercising. By addressing all aspects of our client's health, we aim to help them achieve optimal physical function and performance.


Benefits of Working with SKYE Physiotherapy


When working with SKYE Physiotherapy, clients can expect several benefits including:


  • A comprehensive approach that addresses all aspects of their health

  • Individualized treatment plans tailored specifically to their needs

  • Improved movement patterns and reduced risk of injury

  • Access to highly trained physiotherapists who specialize in identifying underlying issues contributing to knee pain during squats

  • Ongoing support and guidance throughout their rehabilitation journey


By choosing SKYE Physiotherapy, clients can take control of their health and achieve optimal physical function while performing deep squats without discomfort.


Tips for Performing Deep Squats Pain-Free


In addition to addressing any underlying issues through physiotherapy treatment, there are some tips that people can follow to perform deep squats without experiencing any discomfort:


  1. Start with bodyweight squats: Before adding weight or increasing depth when squatting it is important to establish good technique.

  2. Focus on form: Ensure your head is up looking straight ahead and your chest is up with your core engaged throughout each repetition.

  3. Warm-up properly: Prioritize warming up all relevant muscles before squatting.

  4. Incorporate mobility exercises: This will help improve range of motion in joints like ankles and hips which will reduce stress on your knees during squatting.

  5. Gradually increase weight: Start small weights first before gradually increasing weight over time.


By following these tips in combination with physiotherapy treatment from SKYE Physiotherapy you can build strength while reducing risk of injury.


In conclusion...


Knee pain during squats should not prevent you from performing this excellent exercise! With proper form and guidance from SKYE Physiotherapy's whole-body approach including identifying primary drivers for knee-pain through examination of all relevant areas within the body plus incorporating recommended tips above you'll be able to perform deep squats without discomfort while building lower body strength!



Chang-Min (Skye) Lee, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, COMT, CMTPT

10045 Baltimore National Pike A7 #1063 Ellicott City, MD 21042

(410) 357-6500

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