I’m so sorry to hear you’re experiencing pain during squats! I’d suggest talking to an orthopedist about that to see what they say. Wouldn’t want to steer you toward trying something that could potentially exacerbate an injury, but a good sports medicine doc would be able to pinpoint what’s happening and help you address it.

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