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    There's already been some great advice here, but I just wanted to chime in with a few things.

    I recently read a study which concluded that the strongest (and most pain free) knees were those of people who incorporated squats and lunges into their exercise routine. It helps prevent lateral movement by strengthening the tendons, muscles, and ligaments on the sides that are supposed to prevent the side to side movement.

    That said, I would definitely echo the advice to see a doctor, preferably a sports medicine doctor. Also, see a chiropractor, someone who does more sports medicine type of practice as they will be able to focus on any back misalignment contributing to your knee pain.

    Finally, there is no reason you can't do squats or lunges, just MAKE SURE you start out small--if you can't go quite halfway without pain, then don't! Work on doing them at your limit, and after a time you'll find that you can go a little deeper than before. You can even start out with no weight, only a broomstick on your shoulders for the sake of keeping the form and balance.

    Keep on working on it, and you will eventually increase your range -- you may never get really deep, but even a 50% or 75% improvement is something to be proud of!

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    Squats and lunges really kill my knees. Or just one knee. I injured it slipping on ice and it hasn't been the same and that was eight years ago.

    The exercise that Alexandros described worked wonders for me and it helped to build up the muscles around the knees, so I wouldn't have quite as much pain as I did before.

    My doctor never mentioned squats and lunges to me, only the leg lifts. But, that is just me and I'm not the norm.

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    oh now see i wouldnt recommend too many of those lunges because a lot of people have a tendency to not do them right plus they allow the knee to go beyond the toe in an attempt to go deep.

    i do towel squats or box squats. i dont know if thats the exercises you want though.

    i would ask the doctor what you can do to relieve the pain and develop strength. because like already said exercising an injury can cause more damage.

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    I'm of an age that I don't even attempt squats and lunges -- my knees already faintly crackle going up stairs.

    There's a reason why so many athletes who do a lot of squat and lunge exercises wind up retired before the age of 40. They're hard on the knees!

    I would think weight training, done right, would be better, if done carefully. But whatever you choose, folks, I'd say if you're already having leg pain, see a doctor first and then proceed with caution based on the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kharmine View Post
    I'm of an age that I don't even attempt squats and lunges -- my knees already faintly crackle going up stairs.

    There's a reason why so many athletes who do a lot of squat and lunge exercises wind up retired before the age of 40. They're hard on the knees!

    I would think weight training, done right, would be better, if done carefully. But whatever you choose, folks, I'd say if you're already having leg pain, see a doctor first and then proceed with caution based on the results.
    VERY good advice!

    Azeeza

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