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6/14/2014 3:06:31 PM - Chase Karnes
Squats and Thigh Pain

I am currently training to add some muscle mass and increase my strength during an off-season phase. My next competitive plans are undetermined at this time, but if my schedule allows I'll be doing NAS Strongman Nationals in October. I'm also adjusting to raising a new baby boy while still working, training and living life.

A couple weeks back on my last heavy single on squats I had a severe pain in my left thigh. It felt really deep, almost like my femur was about to break. That evening it hurt, but the next day it didn't bother me very much. I didn't think about it much or feel it again until the following week. It wasn't as severe, but it still hurt on deadlifts and squats that week.

Fast forward to this week. I was squatting the bar for my first warm up and it was hurting. I continued to work up to my top end set, but after 2 reps I had to stop and rack the weight. It literally felt like my femur was about to snap in half.

After talking with some EliteFTS teammates I decided to get an x-ray to rule out a stress fracture or any other bone issues. The x-ray looked good and the Dr. just recommend resting it for a while. Since then I've been in contact with multiple people I know who are PTs, Chiros, Massage Therapist, etc. who've all had great ideas/thoughts.

While it would take an MRI to get a better look at things, I've decided to follow my rule of, "If it hurts, don't do it". I'm also taking ibuprofen, Tylenol and a corticosteroid as all suggested by the Dr. I had a massage therapist work on it yesterday and that also seemed to help. While we still don't know exactly what's going on with it I'm pretty sure it's nothing major. I talked with a PT yesterday and we think it's possible that there's just some big knots/trigger points in the quad that's possibly pressing on a nerve when under load. Because I only feel the pain from the bottom of the squat to about half way up. Another thought is that it's possibly a tear in the fascia. Either way I'll just train around it until it heals up. And if it's not much better in a couple of weeks I'll be going to see another Doctor.


A. Squat
465x2 - Stopped due to pain

B. Rollouts
4 sets of 20

Train Around Pain, Not Through It,
Chase Karnes

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