Why Squats Hurt Your Knees?

There is a great amount of misconception among people that squatting would lead to damaging of the knee and is a bad exercise. Various individuals feel that squatting can be dangerous and even lead to death. In fact, it is surprising to know that both lunges and squatting have got a very bad reputation of causing various physical harms like hip, knee, and lower spinal problems. This is not true and something that most of the people should never believe.

In this article, we can learn about the basic three alternatives that can be used to eliminate the knee problems. However, before that we do need to know why or how the squats cause damage to the knees. Most of the physicians and doctors who work with lot of clients who constantly have issues like lower back fusion operations, back problems, knee replacement, meniscus surgery, hip replacement operation, acl reconstruction, and various other kinds of injuries ; feel that there are not highly related to squatting.

These medical experts feel and have never seen any kind of indications which show that the problems like back pain, knee pain, etc are inversely related to squatting. The true reason why such problems occur is when you do exercising in the wrong manner. You need to realize that the squats will never damage or cause any kind of problems to your knees, if you do it correctly. However, most of the people never think of it and never cease to realize that it is their mistake which is causing such problems.

The following are some of the common mistakes that people do while exercising or squatting, resulting in hurting their knees and back. A single mistake can just cause enough harm to your knees.

Moving the knees forward

This is a good example of how much amount of weight you put on your knees. Sometimes it can be a common issue that occurs because of the thigh muscles or quadriceps trying to avoid the unnecessary compensation of the weak glutes.

Putting weight on the toes

This is a common mistake and is something that happens a lot of time when you put a lot of weight and makes your body to go beyond its capacity. Sometimes it could be the lack of proper awareness that people have on how to compensate for the body’s weight.

Lower Back and Thigh muscles end up getting more worked out

This is quite common and often occurs when the hamstrings and glutes are fragile. When you have lack of or do not have the proper strength in your hip and there is muscle imbalance, this would result in the lower back and the quadriceps getting worked out. Somewhat you can say that this is the main reason on why your knee starts to get pain while squatting.

Weak Hamstrings and Glutes

It is important that the muscles like hamstring and glutes need to be strengthened so that you can avoid all kinds of problems related to lower back and help to eliminate the knee problems.

To conclude, there is no problem if one does squatting. You need to really understand on how the exercise is done and the proper procedure.


Saravavan Nadarajan (Vanan)

Vanan, fitness expert and leader at EzFit Singapore, specializes in holistic training—home-based, boot camps, and corporate fitness—with over a decade of industry experience.