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Q: Is Squatting good for knees? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Is Squatting good for knees?
Category: Health > Women's Health
Asked by: sattelitemckane-ga
List Price: $2.50
Posted: 22 Aug 2005 21:17 PDT
Expires: 21 Sep 2005 21:17 PDT
Question ID: 559053
I have been having trouble with my knees, A Massuese said that I
should spend a little time each day squatting.  A orthopedic doctor
said that one should not bend their knees beyond 45 degrees.  My
question.. is squatting good for the knees?

Clarification of Question by sattelitemckane-ga on 22 Aug 2005 21:24 PDT
I think I meant 90 degrees !
Subject: Re: Is Squatting good for knees?
Answered By: librariankt-ga on 31 Aug 2005 19:14 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Sattelitemckane,

As with so many other questions in health & medicine, it depends on a:
the kind of knee pain you have (the condition) and b: the kind of
squat you do (the intervention).  Here are some resources that may
help you decide whether squats (and what kind of squats) are
appropriate for you.  You should also talk to your doctor, who may
refer you to a physical therapist for specific exercises.

McKinley Health Center: Overuse Knee Injuries
Describes different knee injuries (largely by where the pain is
located), with suggested exercises.  The exercises are nicely
described and illustrated, as well. Learning to Squat
While I was at first skeptical of this page (I have a thing for
authority, accuracy, bias, and currency in my references), it actually
looks like a well-reasoned, supported piece of writing.  I learned a
lot about proper squat technique, etc., and am sure you will too. The
author is a PhD in women's studies, specialist in women in technology,
and a weight trainer (thus the squat technique pages).

Finally, here's an article from the American College of Sports
Medicine (note: PDF file):
Safety of the Squat Exercise
"Thus, squats do not negatively affect knee stability."

I found these sites by doing a search of the Google search engine for
"knee AND squat".  Please let me know if I can clarify or expand on
anything (preferably before rating the answer).



Request for Answer Clarification by sattelitemckane-ga on 01 Sep 2005 14:59 PDT
The main interest I have is not nessicarily weight lifting (although
that information is helpful since I go to a gym and am trying to find
more excercises to help) but just the act of squatting as like sitting
in a squat.  I have done it while working in the past and wondered if
that could be the source of my problem or should I do more of it?
Could it really be helpful?     The other information is very helpful

Clarification of Answer by librariankt-ga on 02 Sep 2005 13:16 PDT
As I said before, the plusses and minuses of squatting depend on your
body weight and type, and posture when squatting (heels up or down,
leaning forward or back, amount of weight held or not held) and is
best evaluated by your doctor.

I did find this study which indicates that prolonged squatting in
youth may be linked to osteoarthritis of the knee in old age:

People with patellofemoral pain (formerly called chondromalacia, I am
told) should avoid squatting:

If you are a gardener you should try to kneel or sit, rather than
squat to weed:
("Squatting can put unnecessary strain on the knees if done
incorrectly or for long periods of time. ")

However, you need to talk to your physician and/or a physical
therapist before taking any firm conclusions from this.  Note that
even if you're not "lifting weights" when you squat, your knees are
still holding up the weight of your body.  The exercises from the
McKinley Health Center do not use weights and recommend specific
exercises for specific knee injuries.  I'd take another look at that
link and see if it helps.

sattelitemckane-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Very well researched, a lot of helpful information that I coul not
find when I did searches.

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