One of my biggest pet peeves as a therapist is when people tell me they can't squat or that their doctor told them not to squat because it is bad for their knees.
If you stand up and sit down from any type of chair, couch, car seat or toilet throughout the day, then guess what? You. Are. Squatting.
Yes, squatting might be painful for you and that is what needs to be addressed. Avoiding a functional movement of your every day life is not the solution to knee pain.
There is a direct relation to quadriceps weakness and knee pain, and one sure fire way to strengthen your quads is to squat with weight.
If you have knee pain are are looking for squat variations to help improve your strength without causing pain here are 3 of my favorites:
If you have stopped doing things you love because of your knee pain, please click the link below to talk to a Doctor of Physical Therapy and start making long term changes to your pain.