Something the doctor said...

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  1. BrianFantana

    BrianFantana Active Member

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    Recently I had knee surgery to remove scar tissue around my knee, so I've been out of commission for a little while now. But today when I went to my doctor for my 2 week checkup after surgery, I asked him about going to the gym and what exercises he would suggest. I was surprised to hear him say that he would not suggest ever squatting again. Now he's a pretty young guy that probably goes to the gym himself, not like many other doctors that are either scronny as fuck or fat. What would you guys have to say about this?
     
  2. ACURA TL-S

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    Why did you have to have scar tissue removed? Where was the scar tissue?
     
  3. sportsjunkie

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    i would trust the doctor
     
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    Unless you saw Gregory House
     
  5. Gohan4862

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    see a sports physician or ask your orthopedic surgeon.
     
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    :werd: there are doctors that specialize in sports medicine, I'd get a second opinion from one of them.

    I don't really know the specifics of your injury/surgery, but a general MD doesn't know everything, and just because this guy is young doesn't mean he knows anything about exercise physiology. That said, the man is a doctor so I would definitely heed his advice until you can sit down with someone who knows more about this and can either agree or disagree and tell you why.
     
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    well i'm assuming your doctor was an orthopedist who did the surgery. it's fine to get a second opinion

    and it's not so much a diagnosis as what the prognosis is...if the doctor feels that doing squats could damage your knee further, then that's his professional opinion
     
  8. kit99bar

    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    I've been to some horrible general MDs. 2nd, 3rd, 4th opinions would rock.
     
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    I had two knee surgeries and constant pain thereafter. The only thing that made the pain subside was squatting.

    I imagine your injury and physiology may differ from mine, however.
     
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    I am betting this was an ortho doc since he was in for a followup and I don't know too many general practice docs doing knee surgery. :hsughno:
     
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    Agreed.

    +1 for sports dr opinion.
     
  12. ACLdestroyer

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    I would keep squating if I felt I could do it safely. Fuck that nigger and his schooling.

    Honestly, I bet most doctors would advise anyone not to do back squats, healthy or not.
     
  13. snigg

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    thats odd because I just had the same surgery last week. my doctor knows I work out and encouraged me to get back into the gym and never said a word about squats.
     
  14. TZ

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    They told derek poundstone he would never squat or deadlift again, and yet now he's america's strongest man :uh:

    everyones different though..he is a freak of nature :bowdown:
     
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    Well, if he looks and sounds like he knows what he's talking about, I would listen to him. You can always get a 2nd opinion too to confirm it.

    I would certainly wait a while before going back to the gym anyway. Don't rush it because you might end up damaging your knee even worse.


    At the end of the day the decision if up to you. As TZ rightly pointed out, plenty of people are told "you can never to XXX again" and they manage just fine. Remember that Doctors are probably going to be playing it slightly safe too - they're not going to tell you "sure, go and squat 400lbs" are they?
     
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    +1

    in these lawsuit happy days, most doctors are going to err on the safe side on all recommendations because they are afraid of malpractice suits.

    some people here have had doctors say don't do squats, some say they are great...if you do them properly. I think most of the doctors who say don't do them do so because they know many people do them wrong, which can cause injury
     
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    ehh, I don't know. Ask if it is just knee exercises in general or just squating. my friend who graduated med school last year tried to tell me squating was bad. I said who says that and goes "like everyone" So not sure about the training regarding working out and medicine. You need to find someone who has a degree in like exercise physiology or someone who does rehab. They can bridge the gap between injurys and exercise.
     
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    good points :o
     
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    I have nothing to add but: I'm never going to a doctor that doesn't specialize in athletes/sports medicine ever again.
     
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