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I went to an orthopedic doctor the other day for knee issues

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I went to an orthopedic doctor the other day for knee issues (popping, aching, locking etc.) No lig/ tendon damage but eroded cartilage (I'm 27). He said the problem is that my hamstrings are way too tight (I am an athlete, soldier just never been able to touch my toes). This is causing the patella to ride on the femur and the pain. He said to take a month off training hamstrings (I workout daily I don't like that), and stretch the heck out of it until I can touch my toes and such. He said I should still train quads as this will help proper knee tracking. I can only think of one lift that ONLY works the quads and not the hams though and that's leg extensions. He said no squats, lunges, deadlift, etc. Obviously all of these engage the hams on the downward motion for stability. Is there any other lifts I can do? Could I do deadlift if I drop the bar from the top position instead of lower it?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.

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Did the MD give you any information on what exercises work best?

Do you have any other medical problems or take any medications?

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I apologize I tried responding on my phone but the site wasn't working with me. He didn't give me much to go on, just said he is sure I can figure out the stretches and ruled out squats, lunges, deadlift, so on. He said leg extensions were fine but I would like more that that, I have a 12 set minimum on muscle groups and don't think 12 sets of extensions would be a good idea. My understanding is that any lift where I am lowering a weight back down would engage the hamstrings. Correct me if I'm wrong but the hamstrings don't engage on the upward when straightening the leg, so could I do deadlifts if I drop the bar from the top, and maybe squats and lunges if I have a partner take the weight from me at the top and give it back at the bottom of the lift, or would holding the weight in that position constitute training the hams?

I have no other pertinent medical problems.

I don't take any prescription meds but I take a lot of supplements: 100ish grams of protein from powder (body weight 150), NO3 preworkout, multivitamins, hydroxycut, glucosamine, and I started on a test booster this past Sunday.

Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.

Don't feel entire reply was just eaten by the Gremlins in the Machine. Let me retype it :(

Thanks for that additional information.

No. I think your hamstrings would be fine. However, it might be helpful for you to find a knowledgeable lady in the gym to watch you, give you a hand, and make sure you are doing thing correctly.

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