Knee problems

Some trainees say that they hear a mild cracking noise while they perform exercises such as squats or leg presses. Some people experience a ‘popping’ or ‘grinding’ feeling when they bend their knees while climbing stairs or rising up from a squat position. Why does it happen?

According to orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Nick Evans, this indicates softening or thinning of the cartilage behind the kneecap. This condition is known as ‘patella chondromalacia.’ It occurs owing to age-related wear and tear or hereditary factors.

As long as the person does not experience any pain, adopting certain measures will help him or her to minimise the noise during workouts.

 Pain

If the person experiences any pain, it’s time he or she did an MRI and checked for arthritis or ‘torn meniscus’ (torn cartilage).

‘Mr. South Asia’ S. Kumarananthan will tell you that any common man has to be smart to avoid knee problems.

‘Mr. South Asia’ S. Kumarananthan will tell you that any common man has to be smart to avoid knee problems.

Suggestions to minimise noise

1. Warm up the knees for at least 10 minutes on the stationary bike.

2. Perform an isolation exercise such as leg extension at the beginning of the workout in a smooth, controlled manner.

3. Do not bend the knees beyond 90 degrees during squats or leg press. This will minimise the range of motion of the knee.

4. Do not use elastic knee wraps. They compress the kneecap against the femur bone, which may aggravate the problem.

                                               _ C. Lakshmi Kumar

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5 Responses to “Knee problems”

  1. Joseph Vimal Francis Says:

    this is a very important point made here .. a lot of my friends do not give the importance to warming up well before doing leg workouts, not realizing what it will lead to. keep posting more of this kind of articles sir.. really useful…

  2. It was a new knowledge .Thanks for posting.Keep posting such valuable information.Knowledge is wealth.

  3. “3. Do not bend the knees beyond 90 degrees during squats or leg press. This will minimise the range of motion of the knee.”

    This is not true.
    Most benefits and and knee problems will disappear once full range of motion is encouraged and worked upon.
    For that hip mobility , ankle mobilty and Thoracic mobility has to be corrected. Along with Hip Flexor, Glutes and Hamstring strength work.
    I can elaborate on this if you want.

    Other points agreed.

  4. takeupsculpting Says:

    Dear Sidharth,
    thanks for the feedback.
    I have presented only the suggestions of Dr. Nick Evans.
    As I am not a researcher or physician myself, I am not in a position to comment on your point or that of Dr. Evan’s.
    Being involved in the fitness industry for a while and reputable journalist, I can appreciate that two experts need not agree upon a particular point.
    In other stories I have written, you can see that I insist on using full range of motion as the lack of it may be stressful on the joints.
    But, I don’t know what was the reason Dr. Evans said this.
    Maybe he does not want the person to go below parallel on the squat or deep down on leg presses.
    There are some experts who do not accept that doing a parallel squat is equivalent to training in partial range of motion.
    You can, of course, give details supporting your statement and I will be happy to carry it on the blog.
    regards

  5. A True Guy Says:

    you were right lakshmi sir. It really worked for me.

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