To make a long story short, I smashed my knees pretty bad some years ago and it took long for them to heal. I also had jobs where I stood up for most part of the day, sometimes with work days up to twelve hours. Sometimes my knees felt like they've been through a meet grinder when I got home.
Now, I love leg day and squats are my favorite exercise. But sometimes (okay, often) I completely trash my knees, they swell up and the pain is absolutely horrible for a couple of days. Is there ANYTHING I could do apart from, you know, giving up squats? It's mostly soft tissue that's the problem, not the joint or ligaments.
Make sure your form is correct and dont over lift as the softer/weaker muscles take a battering.
This was my problem when I first did sqauts and dodgy right knee, my form was wrong and shocking electric pain used to strike through my knee. I had forgot about it, apart from the usual ache now and again
Also try knee compression supports as they are supposed to help, I always use knee length compression shorts in gym and kickboxing!
Have the same problem. Make sure your knees are always at least 2 inches BEHIND your toes. Also preferably have your butt bent back well when doing lunges. And most important: stop doing wall sits - it is an immense challenge for the knees and totally wrecked mine in the beginning. Better choose bridge pose, it almost does the same job on the muscles but is way better for bad knees
Peeps, hit me with your best leg and glute workouts that take the load off the knees!