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I have problems with my knees from several years back, maybe mild arthritis; will squats hurt or help my knees?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Likely hurt: Squating puts pressure on the knees, if the knees are problematic then better to stay away from excercises that will strain them more.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Knee pain: Modified squats or leg presses with less than 60 degrees of flexing may benefit your knees. This will help strengthen the supporting muscles as well as the hip abductor muscles of your "core ". Avoid deep squats and leg extensions on machine. Tai chi is excellent for strengthening and balance. Very gentle on arthritic joints.

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Last updated Jun 23, 2014

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