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    coranial is offline In Orientation
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    Knee Pain when stretching

    Hello, I started Taekwondo a month ago, I have been working on my flexibility since then and up until 2 or so weeks ago it was going smoothly, making progress etc.

    However now when I try to stretch my hamstring I get a pain behind my knee's, I believe it is the knee ligaments stretching. I get this pain and can't stretch enough to feel anything in my hamstring.

    I've been trying to stretch my knee specifically for 2 weeks but it doesn't seem to be making any progress, so I thought I'd try and find some help.

    Thanks,

    Daniel.

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    Coach Palfrey is offline First Set
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    Quote Originally Posted by coranial View Post
    Hello, I started Taekwondo a month ago, I have been working on my flexibility since then and up until 2 or so weeks ago it was going smoothly, making progress etc.

    However now when I try to stretch my hamstring I get a pain behind my knee's, I believe it is the knee ligaments stretching. I get this pain and can't stretch enough to feel anything in my hamstring.

    I've been trying to stretch my knee specifically for 2 weeks but it doesn't seem to be making any progress, so I thought I'd try and find some help.

    Thanks,

    Daniel.
    The pain is most likely the result of your Taekwondo and it is just manifesting itself when you stretch. Are you hyper-extending your knee when kicking, lots of air kicks etc?

    You can actually get a better hamstring stretch with a bent knee so this may help in the short term.

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    coranial is offline In Orientation
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    I didn't think I was hyper extending the knee, my flexibility is very bad I can barely straighten my knee even a couple of feet off the ground.
    I'm quite worried about this cause when I was younger I used to slouch a lot, my default standing straight position was with my knees slightly bent and I worry this could have damaged them permanently.
    Could you recommend any bent knee hamstring stretches? I was looking around and trying various different ones last night.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Coach Palfrey is offline First Set
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    Quote Originally Posted by coranial View Post
    I didn't think I was hyper extending the knee, my flexibility is very bad I can barely straighten my knee even a couple of feet off the ground.
    I'm quite worried about this cause when I was younger I used to slouch a lot, my default standing straight position was with my knees slightly bent and I worry this could have damaged them permanently.
    Could you recommend any bent knee hamstring stretches? I was looking around and trying various different ones last night.

    Thanks for your help!
    If not hyper-extending perhaps the dynamic nature of the kicks is taking your knee joint beyond its comfortable ROM at this stage. I wouldn't worry so much about permanent damage - most ROM issues are reasonably correctable.

    With regard to bent knee hamstring stretches, my best advice is to find one that works for you. And the stretch shouldn't go to the point of pain - this will cause a stretch reflex and a contraction of the muscle. Probably the easiest stretch is a modified hurdlers stretch (sit down on the floor with one leg in front and one leg bent and to the side. Reach down towards the foot of the leg in front of you. Hold until you feel the stretch begin to diminish.)

    You may also find that supplementing this with some lunge and squat work will also help.

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    I have been learnind taekwondo for three months and find i have the same problem but only behind the right knee it can be really annoying

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    Knees take beating when practicing Taekwondo. There is a lot of moving and twisting going on as you are learning all these new kicks and exercises. I developed pain in my knees from the supporting leg all that I had to do was scale back my intensity to a more comfortable rate. Since you are having pain in your knees while you are stretching and you only started about a month ago. I think you have a similar issue going on. Most likely everything has started to tighten up on you and at this point it might take a couple of months for the pain that you are referring to, to subside. The best thing that you can do for it at this point is a good mild stretch during the warm up but after each of your classes spend a good 10 min. working on different stretches working the entire lower body and lower back. Trust me that everything from the lower back down has something to do with the knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coranial View Post
    Hello, I started Taekwondo a month ago, I have been working on my flexibility since then and up until 2 or so weeks ago it was going smoothly, making progress etc.

    However now when I try to stretch my hamstring I get a pain behind my knee's, I believe it is the knee ligaments stretching. I get this pain and can't stretch enough to feel anything in my hamstring.

    I've been trying to stretch my knee specifically for 2 weeks but it doesn't seem to be making any progress, so I thought I'd try and find some help.

    Thanks,

    Daniel.
    I think you should consult to your doctor to give a medical attention to your knee.

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    Knee pain is highly unpleasant, individualized experience of one of the body's defense mechanisms indicating an injury or problem, pain management encompasses all interventions used to understand and ease pain, with well treatment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abnerr View Post
    Knee pain is highly unpleasant, individualized experience of one of the body's defense mechanisms indicating an injury or problem, pain management encompasses all interventions used to understand and ease pain, with well treatment.
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    Me too

    Quote Originally Posted by coranial View Post
    I didn't think I was hyper extending the knee, my flexibility is very bad I can barely straighten my knee even a couple of feet off the ground.
    I'm quite worried about this cause when I was younger I used to slouch a lot, my default standing straight position was with my knees slightly bent and I worry this could have damaged them permanently.
    Could you recommend any bent knee hamstring stretches? I was looking around and trying various different ones last night.

    Thanks for your help!
    I've had the problem since i was kid. I've never been able to touch my toes because it hurts my knees so bad

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    Please don’t expect quick result. It would take time to heal properly.

    I would like to share some tips with you. Read those carefully and please follow those with cautious. Alleviate knee discomfort with these healthy strategies:

    • Try to use an over-the-counter pain reliever or drink an all natural anti-inflammatory beverage like cherry juice to immediately relieve knee pain.

    • Engage in different exercises on alternate days to give your knees a rest from your usual sports routine.

    • Take Glucosamine and Chondroitin capsules to relieve and prevent achy joints and knees. This natural joint supplement is safely being used by athletes, non-athletes and even pets to lubricate the joints. So don’t worry about that.

    • Get daily doses of Vitamin D and calcium. Many athletes can easily become deficient in these crucial vitamins and deficiency can impair joint health. Drink lots of milk; eat cheeses and foods high in Vitamin D and calcium to reduce knee pain and discomfort.

    • Wear appropriate shoes while exercising. Get shoes that are designed for the specific sport you're playing. Not all active shoes are created equal--talk with sporting goods professional to determine which athletic shoes are best for you.

    • Correct your posture. Incorrect posture while working out can place wear and tear on your knees.

    • Wear a knee brace. Knee braces will give your painful knee the support it needs until it heals. You can find adjustable knee braces at pharmacies and drug stores nationwide. Wear your knee brace while exercising to prevent further injury and discomfort.

    • Build up your calf muscles. Many people who experience knee discomforts tend to have an underdeveloped (or small) calf. Engage in exercises that strengthen these regions of the body. Build up your calf muscles and you will experience less knee discomfort.

    Follow those for 2 another weeks. Make an appointment to see a doctor if knee pain does not go away within 2 weeks.

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    shagydeep is offline Banned
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    Hello,
    You must joint problem in your knee, better you diagnosis with doctor...

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