Does squatting hurt your meniscus?

Does squatting hurt your meniscus?

Squatting or lunging with very heavy weights and without good form can tear your meniscus.

Can you squat after a meniscus tear?

After a meniscus repair, partial weight bearing is allowed and a brace may be used. Squatting is restricted for the first 3-4 months depending the size of the tear. Return to sport following arthroscopic meniscus repair can take 3-4 months depending on the severity of the tear and the sport.

How do you know your meniscus is torn?


  1. A popping sensation.
  2. Swelling or stiffness.
  3. Pain, especially when twisting or rotating your knee.
  4. Difficulty straightening your knee fully.
  5. Feeling as though your knee is locked in place when you try to move it.
  6. Feeling of your knee giving way.

What exercises not to do with a torn meniscus?

Avoiding twisting activities may decrease the symptoms from a torn meniscus. Additionally, one should do quadriceps setting exercises with the knee straight or mini-squats, bending only to 15 degrees, to prevent giving way and keep the quadriceps muscle from atrophying.

Are squats good for knee injuries?

Squats have been found to be beneficial for strengthening the knee, which supports prevention of and recovery from common knee injuries. 1 They’ve also been reported to improve cardiovascular health because they can reduce fat and create leaner muscle mass.

Can I do squats with a knee injury?

If you experience any lasting knee pain, please speak with your physician to rule out any serious, long-lasting injuries such as a torn meniscus. However, after recovering from an injury, you can still safely perform squats by using careful modifications.

Is it OK to exercise with a torn meniscus?

Doctors will usually advise against performing certain exercises when you have a meniscus tear. These exercises can put too much pressure on an already unstable knee. Avoid exercises that involve: pivoting.

How can I strengthen my knee with a torn meniscus?

How do I do exercise to heal my meniscus?

  1. Quad sets.
  2. Straight-leg raise to the front.
  3. Straight-leg raise to the back.
  4. Hamstring curls.
  5. Heel raises.
  6. Heel dig bridging.
  7. Shallow standing knee bends.

Do squats damage knee cartilage?

When you do a deep squat it also put tremendous pressure on the meniscus cartilage (the rubbery shock absorber cartilages between the two bones). Over a period of time (years for some… one squat for others) that can cause wearing of these delicate and important structures in the knee.

Can you squat with a torn meniscus?

Lots of guys on forums say: ‘I have a torn meniscus and I squat with no problems.’ But, guys do what guys do. The meniscus does thin as you get older, and probably gets weaker too. Moreover, putting huge pressure on the knee with a heavy squat could possibly cause a tear to rip further.

Does the meniscus get weaker as you get older?

The meniscus does thin as you get older, and probably gets weaker too. Moreover, putting huge pressure on the knee with a heavy squat could possibly cause a tear to rip further. But, i also know that docs still say “Don’t squat. It is too hard on the knee.”

Are squats too hard on the knee?

It is too hard on the knee.” When, most of the research shows that proper squats do not hurt the knee, do not stress the ACL and probably do not put that much pressure on the knee relative to sprinting and some other movements. Please. HELP ! Anyone? Sorry – missed this.

What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear?

Some meniscal tears occur with acute injury and some as degenerative changes (over time). A deep squat could cause injury, or cause irritation of a tear from another source. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion.

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