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inner knee pain in square pose

 
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carol



Joined: 12 Oct 2015
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:21 pm    Post subject: inner knee pain in square pose Reply with quote

Hi Bernie and fellow yinsters! Im looking for some answers in dealing with some discomfort in the inner knee in poses such as square and sukhasana. There is more sensation in the left knee esp. when the right knee is crossed in front. Perhaps this is arthritis (I'm 63) or straining the medial ligaments? Do you think strengthening the inner quads would help? I know you often recommend sitting in virasana with a rolled cloth or folded strap under the hamstrings. I do follow the mantra of if it hurts, don't do it but would like to heal this problem, it has crept up on me. I have never had any knee issues before despite years of running and yoga. Any suggestions are most welcome, thank you.

oops... Just found your newsletter about the inner knees...am going to try the dowel technique every day and see if anything shifts. I just did the sequence and think I feel a bit less tightness around the kneecaps.
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Bernie



Joined: 23 Sep 2006
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Location: Vancouver

PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Carol

I would first suggest you get your knee checked out: what does your doctor say? It is better to know than to guess what is going on. The pain could come from a wide variety of things.

However, in general, strengthening all the muscles around the knee is a good idea, not just the quads (sometimes the quads can be too strong and pull the kneecap out of alignment, in which case the VMO needs strengthening…that is the vastus medialis obliquus.)

Running can take a toll on knees, and I too run (sprints) but also combine a nice yin stress to the knees right afterwards (per the newsletter article you refer to.) So, what I would suggest is 1) get it checked out and start with finding out what is causing the pain, based on that 2) strengthen the muscles all around the knee and 3) add some yin stresses there as well. Be alert—if things get worse, stop! Start back at step 1.

Good luck!
Bernie
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