Patient Comments: Hamstring Injury - Cause

What was the cause of your hamstring injury?

Comment from: Jack, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

I injured my hamstring when I bent over, on a slope, to pick up a tee on a golf course.

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Comment from: KJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I was in a deep squat lifting a piece of furniture. When I went to stand, I felt a pop in my glutes.

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Comment from: sleepdoc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I stepped into a puddle of floor polish on a polished marble floor in a mall. My leg went straight forward into the splits. The doctor at the hospital treated it as nothing but a strain, but I had to be carried to my hotel room. I haven't iced it as much as I should. I am less than 1 week out. I can hobble along, but still in lots of pain. I will see my doctor this week.

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Comment from: Bill, 45-54 Male Published: December 27

Walking to the front of a moving bus, my leg zigged when I thought it would zag and I fell, butt first on the sharp corner of a seat arm rest. Was training for a marathon and took a week off. That seemed to do the trick although there was a hint of occasional pain especially running downhill. During the marathon I had a terrible groin pain. It subsided and I soldiered on. I went to the doc the next day who then set me up with an MRI. It came back saying I had a separated tendon on my medial hamstring at the hip (point of impact of my fall earlier). The groin was causing me the most pain but the tendon seemed to be the most serious. Sports medicine did not require surgery to my surprise and relief. The groin was improving but suddenly the pain at the hamstring tendon reappeared 10 months later. Am I stuck with this? Doc said that without surgery it would reattach to a neighboring tendon.

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Comment from: Nasser, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

About 5 days ago, I was playing soccer at school, when suddenly I felt a very slight amount of pain in my right hamstring, since it wasn't severe I decided to continue playing the game, I had the ball at my feet and went for a sprint and during that sprint the muscle suddenly started to hurt, but I stopped immediately before it got any worse. It didn't really hurt badly at the beginning, and it currently doesn't hurt when walking or swimming, but whenever I start to sprint I feel pain on the hamstring. So I was just wondering about the required treatment, and how long would it take.

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Comment from: MommaMary, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 16

I had to go to a local hospital that is several miles in square feet. Just walking from one door to another is a work out. My father was having a triple bypass surgery. It was winter time and we live in the southern region, so instead of snow, we get cold rains. It was raining out when I took the trip so I opted to wear boots. The only boots I had were high heeled boots. When I got there with my two children in tow, I had to walk about a half mile to get to the surgery floor. The kids decided they were hungry, so my brother and I went to the cafeteria, which is about another half mile walk. My brother has longer legs than I and I had trouble keeping up with him. Then we walked back to surgery and shortly after that, we had to make the trek from surgery to recovery... it was a long walk at a very brisk pace to keep up with the nurse. I didn't feel it until the next day. And I have been feeling it since. It hurts when I stand up. My muscle from my butt to about the back of my knee cramps up severely. I have to gradually stretch it out. It hurts to move, to turn over in bed, to walk, (I have been limping since) And sitting is especially painful. If I sit one way, my leg goes numb, and if I sit another way, it pulls constantly, I have to sit funny. I didn't know what was wrong because I never felt a 'pop' like I hear others talking about. I just started hurting the next day, terribly so. My doc said it was a sciatic nerve... but last I checked, nerves don't do muscle spasms. I treated it like a sciatic and nothing changed. So I started treating it like a pulled, possibly torn muscle, and noticed results right away. I did my research too. I have been taking potassium and magnesium pills, they help with muscle cramps. Also drinking lots of fluid to keep from dehydrating, I took it easy at first, but that seemed to only make matters worse in the long run, so now I am walking again, and stretching and just trying to work through this. I got a little sad when I read that it may take up to eleven months to fully re-coup... but I am a tough ol' bird and now I know for sure what I am dealing with, I will put it to good use and with realistic expectations, pull through this like a champ.. :) Thanks to every one for all your posts, they have been most helpful.

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