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Common Causes And Treatment Of Knee Pain When Squatting

You may squat while exercising or participating in a sport, such as basketball. In this position, you may, however, occasionally experience some discomfort. You may experience pain under your kneecap or in other areas of your joints. It's common for knees to hurt when you squat, but it's preventable. It is beneficial to squat when done correctly. 

Knee pain is rarely caused by squatting, but it can be exacerbated by underlying knee problems. Squatting can cause pain in different locations of the knee which can be easily recognized by using the knee pain location chart. You should be aware of the most common causes. In addition to knowing how to treat and prevent them, you should also understand how to use the correct technique when squatting.

Common Causes of Knee Pain When Squatting

A variety of reasons may cause knee pain when squatting, which Richardson Pain Management can assist you with. The first line of treatment for knee pain when squatting is usually movement and targeted exercises, regardless of the primary cause. In addition to reducing pain, they help prevent future pain flare-ups.

  • Knee Arthritis

Over 60 year olds are most likely to experience knee pain when squatting due to knee arthritis. Squatting can be extremely painful due to the wear and tear on the cartilage and bones in the weak knees caused by arthritis. As a result of wear and tear, the knee bones are less cushioned and have less space between them.

A squat squashes cartilage and ribs bones against one another, resulting in significant pain. A general rule of thumb indicates that knee arthritis is more prevalent on the inside of the knee than on the outside. If you suffer from arthritis within your knee, however, you may experience sharp stabbing pain when you squat.

  • Weak Glutes

While squatting, the glutes play an important role in stabilizing the knee joint and distributing forces evenly. Squatting can result in knee pain due to weak glutes because the knee cannot track properly during and after squatting. Squatting can relieve knee pain and strengthen your glutes with some simple exercises.

  • Patellofemoral Syndrome

As a result of an irritation around or behind the kneecap, this condition may occur. The kneecap can become achy behind or around the kneecap as a result of this condition. The pain may become more severe when squatting or climbing stairs. Patellofemoral syndrome is often caused by a runner's knee, but it can affect anyone regardless of their level of activity. 

  • Meniscus Tear

The cartilage that cushions the knee joint changes with age in the same way as gray hair develops on your head or wrinkles appear on your skin. Some people may experience knee pain, stiffness, swelling, or a reduced range of motion as a result of these changes, even though they are often unnoticeable. The sensation may also be described as catching or locking.

  • Osteoarthritis

A similar process occurs in the articular cartilage of the knee joint as it ages. The friction caused by these changes may cause aches or stiffness in the knee joint, making everyday movements, such as squatting, difficult. 

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome

A band of tissue running from the hip to the knee is called the iliotibial band (IT band). During knee flexion, the IT band provides support to the knee. Pain may occur when the IT band rubs against the outer knee during joint movements, such as squatting. IT band syndrome is common among runners. Preventing this injury with proper stretching can also help.

Proper Treatment To Prevent Knee Pain When Squatting

In order to rule out fractures and other serious conditions, a doctor should be consulted if you have suffered trauma to your knee. When you experience general discomfort when squatting, you may try treating your pain at home but depending on severity of pain, consult pain management doctors. At Pain Management Fort Worth, we offer comprehensive treatment options for knee pain that occurs when one squats.

  • Keep an eye on how you move throughout the day. It may be necessary to modify your daily routine or exercise regimen when you are experiencing pain. 

  • Limit or temporarily cease those activities that cause discomfort. Rather than stopping all physical activity, you may wish to switch to cross-training, which is less strenuous on your joints. In order to rest your knee, you should cease to participate in activities that cause pain. 

  • Everyday situations should also not involve weighing the affected knee.

  • You should apply cold packs to your knee several times throughout the day for a period of 20 minutes at a time. If you intend to place your ice pack directly on your skin, you should cover it with a towel or blanket. Prevent swelling by compressing.

  • Most drug stores carry elastic bandages. Avoid wrapping your knee too tightly.

  • The best tension is a light but snug one. Keep your knee elevated as often as possible. The knee can be propped up on pillows so it rests above the heart when you lie down.

  • Medications that are available over-the-counter (OTC) may be able to relieve pain.

  • The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is an appropriate choice because they are effective at reducing both discomfort and inflammation. Naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be familiar to you.

  • You can improve your mobility and prevent future injuries by taking advantage of the services of a licensed massage therapist in order to relieve tension in the muscles that surround your joints.

  • Maintaining an active knee will prevent the muscles supporting the knee from weakening, resulting in knee strain. Exercises aimed at strengthening these muscles can, therefore, reduce knee pain.


Don't give up if you experience knee pain when squatting. Change your technique and perform knee exercises to see if things improve. Do not fear squatting - your body was designed to do so. When lifting heavy objects, it is very important to be able to squat in order to avoid stressing your lower back. Don't push yourself if you experience knee pain while squatting. Initially, you should take things easy, allow the pain to subside, and then work on a strengthening program at home. Within a short period of time, you should be able to squat without any discomfort. Premier Pain centers provide high-quality medical treatment for patients with severe knee pain.

Dr. Rao K. Ali M.D.

Dr. Rao Ali, a board-certified pain management physician, leads the clinic, which specializes in nonsurgical treatment. The physician has experience in the emergency room as well as training in pain management and rehabilitation. As a personal physician, he works with each patient to develop a treatment plan that will minimize or eliminate their pain. Providing expert diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions, Pain Management In Dallas, PA provides a comprehensive range of services. These services include neck pain, back pain, hip and knee pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome, headaches, migraines, and many others.