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Anyone know what problems can be caused by doing lunges?

Hello. I am new to Spine-Health. I am hoping someone can give input regarding a problem I am having. I am a senior, and have worked out alot in my life, but allowed myself to become a couch potato over the past winter. I was doing well, getting my muscle strength and energy back thru weights and exercise this summer. Then I saw an 'expert' on tv praising the benefits of doing lunges, an exercise I have never done. Kidding myself I was still young, I did 20 lunges. (its bad when you have no one but yourself to blame]. After that I had pain in the head of the femur where it goes into the acetabulum [hip]. There was some low back pain on that right side also for a few days, but that went away. Alittle sciatica, but mostly pain is localized in the hip. This has been a problem for three weeks now. Can anyone tell me what kinds of problems lunges can cause? Many thanks.


  • Unfortunately we cannot help diagnose you via the forums. Your best options is to see your primary care physician. There are so many possibilities it would be best to have a hands on diagnostic exam.

    I incorporate lunges into my exercise routine and they are definitely an exercise that requires good technique in order to avoid injury to other parts of the body. I gave myself knee problems for a while because I was drifting out just a little further on one side when I stepped forward to do the lunge. I also found it easy to irritate the IT band if the IT band itself is week.

    A mirror and a couple of chairs work good for establishing and practicing good technique and correct posture for a lunge.

    Have you had any physical therapy? That would be another great place for help with technique designed to avoid further injury.

    Welcome to Spine Health

  • I did go to a doctor on a sliding fee basis as cost is a problem. I was not even given a physical exam. I am just asking what are the problems lunges can cause? What muscles might they cause problems in, for example? Can't afford physical therapy. I never had a problem till I did the lunges.
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