Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
157 Doctors are Online

When in squatting position, knees fail to pull up. Why?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Practicing since : 1994
Answered : 8442 Questions
when i am in squatting position my knees will not "pull" me up. I can not get up off floor - what can possibly be wrong? I am 60 yrs old and not overweight
Posted Sun, 29 Apr 2012 in Arthritis
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 25 minutes later

Thanks for writing to us.

From your symptoms it seems that both of your knee joints have undergone osteoarthritic changes. These are basically age related degenerative changes in the weight bearing joints like knee and is characterized by joint pain and stiffness. Upon movement the stiffness gradually relives. Sometimes application of hot pads can make the movement possible.

The treatment options include pain killers, hot fomentation, lubricating agents like glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin , dycerin, etc and some life style modifications and physiotherapy.

Right now you can start taking Tablet Tylenol ( Acetaminophen) Double Strength after breakfast and after dinner. It is suggested to add calcium supplements 500mg each twice daily. This will take care of your mild symptoms in 3-5 days.

You can start with walking and aerobic fitness exercises, quadriceps strengthening, patellar tapping, lateral heel wedges, etc- under the guidance of your physiotherapist.

A Big No to Stair case, squatting postures, any chair which has a sitting platform lower than your knees.

Knee brace can also be used for an earlier and prolonged relief.

In severe cases intra articular injections of steroids and hyaluronic acid may be needed after consultation with your orthopaedician.

I also encourage you to consult an orthopedician for physical examination. A few blood tests, X-rays of the knee, CT / MRI scans of the knee will help us diagnose the condition and help us in choosing the best approach of treatment.

I hope this answers your query effectively.

In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.

Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.

Wishing you good health.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: When in squatting position, knees fail to pull up. Why? 2 hours later
Just to let you know I don't have pain in my knees; simply the unability for the "lifting" motion to take place. After struggling to get up and crawling to something that I can pull myself up on there is some residual soreness. After working a sit down job all my life, due to economic crisis I have had to take a cashier posistion that requires standing about 5 hours per day. Before that, I had none of this trouble at all. Thank you again for your answer
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 2 hours later

Thanks for elaborating your problem further.
Your symptoms are suggestive of early osteoarthritic changes in your knee joints. If the disease progresses further, the pain will replace the soreness that you are having now.
You can avoid the pain killer right now and start with some lubricating agents like glucosamine after consulting with your orthopedician.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Orthopaedic Surgeon

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor