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    My LCL in my right knee hurts when I close my knee all the way. If I try to close my knee just by flexing my hamstring I can bring it right to the edge of when pain starts. It's really only a problem when I'm warming up with squatting lighter weights or if I do something like kneeling or trying to stretch my quad - an action where I manually push the knee to a more closed position than I could normally take it to.

    I've tried foam rolling and I haven't hit on anything that feels bad. I've taken 2 ice baths but they haven't helped. I've tried some hamstring stretching but I'll admit I might just not be finding the right stretch to help me.

    What should I do?
    http://www.youtube.com/user/ptarleton?feature=mhum

  • #2
    get it checked out by a specialist.

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    • #3
      When did it start? What were you doing that aggravated it? Is it getting worse, improving,or staying the same?
      "Being tired isn't the same as being rich, but most times it's close enough" Chuck Palahnuik

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ajweins View Post
        When did it start? What were you doing that aggravated it? Is it getting worse, improving,or staying the same?
        Started maybe 6 weeks ago, maybe longer. Pretty sure it's not from lifting but from having my right leg kinda bow-legged when I drive to fit under the steering wheel. It's stayed about the same.
        Last edited by FightingScott; 07-18-2011, 10:45 PM.
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        • #5
          Hmm.... a naturally bowlegged position would naturally stress the LCL more as I am sure you know. Does it hurt the most if you go into a figure four position with the affected leg and put a lot of varus (like pushing of the medial side of the knee) stress on it?

          If this bothers then it does sound like an LCL sprain (though I don't typically hear of this type of injury very often). There is not a ton you can do for a grade I or II LCL sprain other than give it time, ice like you are doing, and avoid any rotary movements of the knee and bowlegged types of positions/stress.

          If it still keeps bothering you then obviously get it checked out. Internet diagnoses are usually minimally/moderately helpful at best. But you mentioned putting a lot of stress on it while driving which makes sense.
          "Being tired isn't the same as being rich, but most times it's close enough" Chuck Palahnuik

          "The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least"

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          • #6
            Today I hopped on the Airdyne bike for like 4 minutes, did some massage stick on the right IT band, and did a good bit of IT Band stretching. Made a HUGE difference.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by FightingScott View Post
              My LCL in my right knee hurts when I close my knee all the way. If I try to close my knee just by flexing my hamstring I can bring it right to the edge of when pain starts. It's really only a problem when I'm warming up with squatting lighter weights or if I do something like kneeling or trying to stretch my quad - an action where I manually push the knee to a more closed position than I could normally take it to.

              I've tried foam rolling and I haven't hit on anything that feels bad. I've taken 2 ice baths but they haven't helped. I've tried some hamstring stretching but I'll admit I might just not be finding the right stretch to help me.

              What should I do?
              1. Can you tell us a little about your training or a typical training split?
              2. How is your posture?
              3. Do you feel pain anywhere else or do you feel particularly tight anywhere throughout your body?
              4. Any chance of a few pics (front, back, and side, all full body with no shirt and only shorts) to take a closer look at postural imbalances?

              ***if you can do #4 that is all that's needed, if not the other 3 will help
              Last edited by Knickerbocker24; 07-20-2011, 05:13 PM.

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