Patient Comments: Hamstring Injury - Cause

What was the cause of your hamstring injury?

Comment from: joani, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I stepped into a puddle on a polished stone floor in Mexico. My right foot kept going and I did a very fast forward split. My body weight was over my foot. My leg went numb for a few seconds and then pins and needles. The pain was incredible. I could not weight bear at all without buckling. A doctor at the resort thought I just pulled the muscle and advised rest and ice and voltaren. 2 days later my whole upper leg inner and back was purple and very swollen. Ultrasound showed grade 2 tear of my semimembranosus and semitendinosus muscles and tendon tear. 3 months to heal!!!

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Comment from: Connie, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 27

I was quickly trotting up the stairs with a glass bottle in my left hand and my flip flop on my right foot hit the stair which was sending me flat onto my face. My immediate reaction was not to land on my face and grabbed the railing with my right hand and that's when I felt my right hamstring go pop! It was so painful I screamed and wasn't even sure if I could get myself up. I never did land on my knees but caught myself dangling. The pain was instant from under my right butt straight down to my ankle! When I sit I feel like I sat on a sock or something but there's a slight bulge there. Very difficult to go from sitting to standing. I've been icing it and heat for relief. I have a feeling I'm in for a long recuperation period.

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Comment from: Jill, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

Was sprinting for a fly ball and gave a short burst to get to it. Felt a snap in my right hamstring area and fell hard. Had immediate sensation of pain and couldn't walk off the field. Went to ER because of the intense pain and spasms. Grade II injury with bruising from upper area of hamstring to below the knee. very painful for days. It is now 11 weeks post-injury and I can still feel tightness when I walk. Cannot run yet. Have been faithfully stretching and do elliptical workouts but I feel like this is going to be a long road of recovery.

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Comment from: krish, 55-64 Male Published: November 08

During my regular morning stretching exercise (which I do after about 45 minutes of brisk walking) of keeping feet wide apart and bending down forward and touching the right foot with left hand and vice versa alternatively, I felt a sudden jerking internal sound at the back of my right thigh. I immediately stopped my exercise. I have a continuous slight pain in that area. Now when I try the exercise of touching my right foot with my left hand with stretched right leg, i find it difficult to do, as the pain increases. i think it is a I order hamstring injury.

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Comment from: Claire, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

Horseplay, I was picked up and thrown onto a bed and my legs went up over my head when I landed. Felt it immediately severe pain. My right leg didn't work for months. I felt pain from my butt all the way down to my ankle. I couldn't sit without my leg feeling dead. I held the back of my leg and butt when I walked, sat, drove in the car. Stretching was painful. But, I had to keep moving or it felt dead & painful. I've always been very athletic and I know you're supposed to work through the pain. It's been about 11 months and I'm finally getting full range of stretching. Still fill the tenderness when I walk on an incline, jog and stretch. I thought it would never get better and I would feel this pain forever. Patience and taking it slow worked for me. You have got to work through it.

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Comment from: paul, 35-44 (Patient) Published: February 26

I hurt my hamstring bouldering, while attempting a heel hook.

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Comment from: eddiebmartinez, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I slipped on water in the kitchen. My left leg went forward and my right let when backward. I did a split and then fell to my left side to the floor. The pain was so bad I could not move for about 10 minutes. It has been 2 months and I am still in pain. All along the back of my left leg and now after all this time, the front of my left leg is starting to hurt (not sure why) Just wish to be back to my old self.

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