Patient Comments: Hamstring Injury - Cause

What was the cause of your hamstring injury?

Comment from: Middle aged, 35-44 Male Published: February 28

Playing football in cold weather. I evidently did not stretch enough prior to playing. It occurred when pushing off and leaping from left leg.

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Comment from: Joe, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 14

I'm an older fella who needs to lose a few pounds. Nevertheless I still engage in my favorite pastime -- Softball. After a nice triple and then a trot home to score, I grounded out next. On my third at bat I singled to left. On my way to first I felt a little twang on my left hammy. I am thankful it was a "little" twang. It was not a pop, was not a tear, but enough of a yellow flag to pull up. I'm using icy hot and an ace wrap while still continuing to walk.

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Comment from: Not your Granny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I was halfway through a 40 yard sprint when I found myself face down on the track. My gym workouts superset strength exercises with cardio. I was warmed up and running great. I felt no tear, heard no pop, just running one second and on my belly the next. I hit both knees, elbows, and my nose. Went home for an epsom salt jetted tub soak then worked a half day. Pain was unbearable so went back home and took a muscle relaxer and a pain pill and off to sleep with a heating pad set to cycle on and off every 15 minutes. The next day was much better but I know this is going to be a very long process to get back to full force. Deadlifting and squatting will probably be at 1/4 weight for a while. Oh well, I'm in it for the long haul!

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Comment from: John P., 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: March 12

I'm a forward for a soccer club, and I pulled my hamstring when sprinting. I felt a snap in the back of my leg and couldn't even walk. Never in my life had I got hurt. It has been about three months that have passed and the pain is still very serious.

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Comment from: Farm lady in Texas, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I fell backward from a stack of baled hay, but one leg was lodged and stayed as I fell. There was a pop and immediate pain from under my buttock, down my thigh, to the back of my knee. I will be seeing a doctor shortly.

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Comment from: hommedunord, 65-74 Male Published: February 07

I was playing squash, making a quick hard run to the front of the court when I felt my hamstring give. I stopped, and iced my thigh. Took Ibuprofen for a couple of days. Returned to the court nine days later, and re-injured. Repeated treatment waited another week. Played, same result. Now have a massive bruise, which appeared only today. I guess my age doesn't help, either (I'm 73).

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Comment from: Mmmegg, 13-18 (Patient) Published: May 11

I was dancing and I had to leap and land in the splits for my tryout dance. I was in the tryouts and I did the jump split and heard a pop from my leg. It was extremely painful!! Maybe I didn't stretch enough.

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Comment from: Chris, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I was sprinting. Age 35, not a proper warm up, stupid.

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Comment from: sweety12, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I was on a 7 mile run and at mile 6 started to hurt, I walked a little but finished it out. Now it even hurts at rest.

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