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Knee problem and muscular imbalance

jbrayley

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I have had an issue with my knees for a number of years, where there is a pronounced clicking when performing squats or leg press exercises. It used to be purely a distraction, but over the past few years it has become uncomfortable to the point where its hurting slightly.

I have been told by my physio in passing that it could be a muscular imbalance between the vastus lateralis and the Vastus medialis, causing the knee not to track correctly. Has anyone else experienced this, and how can I tell if I do have an imbalance, and if so which muscle is overdeveloped?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Having seen my mother go through two knee replacements, I am keen not to have to go down this path by not addressing this issue.
 
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Isolate sides, try using each leg individually on every exercise you can to help the weak link catch up. A good way to check if there is an imbalance easily is to stand on one foot. Lift the opposite leg in front of you, to the back and out to the side. You will typically become unstable at the weakest point and it will show.
 

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Well someone would have to see your legs to be able to see which muscle in underdeveloped. Could also be an issue of the hamstrings being underdeveloped when compared to the quads. And it could also be about 10000 other things
 

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Thanks guys, I realise self diagnosis is tough but I guess I just wondered if anyone else has been through this before I go and spend hundreds on a physio.

Cheers
 

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just saw the doc with the same problem. just look at your muscles by your knee. if your medialis is bigger than your lateralis, then there you have it. start doing close stance exercises with your knee tracking slightly outward, to put all the weight on the outside of your food, to target the lateralis.

Also, he said hamstrings have a role in this, as well as calves. unfortunately for me, my joints are tiny, so genetically, I have small calves. I train those suckers 3 times a week, and they barely grow.

My doc also said because of that imbalance, you might see a slight "bump" under the knee camp, on your shin. reason being if I remember correctly, you only have 1 ligament in the lower part of your leg, compared to the ones in your upper leg. He says you see it a lot in basketball players. (don't quote me on that last part, I cant remember exactly what he said)
 

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