Patient Comments: Hamstring Injury - Cause

What was the cause of your hamstring injury?

Comment from: myo, 35-44 Male Published: June 30

I'm a bodybuilder and I was doing leg extension and leg curls back to back to warm up for squats. On 3rd set of warm up I heard a pop under right glute, I was supposed to do 4 sets. So I stopped and went to squat from 135lbs to 495 lbs no problem. Today the injured area is extremely stiff and sore, no bruise. I've been icing and plan to lay off leg workouts for 6 weeks.

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Comment from: stupid, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I am 45 and was trying to show my 15 year old that I can still do a cartwheel... bad idea. I knew as soon as I started it would end bad. Everyone around me heard a huge pop and that was it.

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Comment from: flowers, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

During my youngest daughter's Field Day, there was the "opportunity" to race the other moms. We took off and others were pulling ahead. So I gave a quick burst and felt what seemed like a rubberband pop on the bottom of my left buttocks (my hamstring). I thought, "keep going". I made 1/2 a stride more and down I went. Going down, I knew I wasn't walking off the field.

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Comment from: Dianne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

We were playing our second set in tennis on an early morning in Barbados. Very hot day, little or no wind. My partner hit a drop shot and me at 54 years old ran like a demon to save the point. I got there and just as I was about to return the shot, I felt my right leg give out and I had absolutely no strength and dove and skidded into the astro turf. My left leg is all scabbed as is my elbow and my right hamstring is definitely strained. I am on day four and feeling a little better with each day. Watch out for hot days and tennis---no matter what time of the day!!!!!!!

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Comment from: Daisy, Published: June 01

Total knee replacement surgery led to swelling and exercise to reduce swelling. The Ham String is sore and when I stretch the leg, I feel a pop and stress on the back of the knee.

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Comment from: faye, 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 26

A 5 k race in a cold day almost 3 months ago. I never quit exercising and it took me a long time to get back to slow jogging and I still feel the pain in my right hamstring.

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Comment from: dg2b, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 25

I was doing squats with a barbell and lost my footing, so I quickly tried to re-rack the bar, and in the process pulled my hamstring. I had only warmed up for 5 minutes instead of my usual 15, so I guess everything was still a bit tight. Luckily, it seems like it is only a Grade I strain since there has been no bruising yet.

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Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 23

I was playing softball and did not stretch before playing. Was batting and got a hit. When I ran to first I felt a pain in both legs and knew that I had pulled my hamstrings. Right leg is much worse than the left one. Luckily it has not turned black and blue.

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Comment from: Granny, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: May 11

I almost collapse with the pain in back of my thigh about 7 year ago. Because I am an older female, I underwent nerve testing and blood testing. Until recently was diagnosed with pulled hamstring, severe on the left and mild to severe on the right. I have to stretch a lot before walking or doing the elliptical. But it does feel better afterwards. It hurts more when I do not exercise! Anyway I am so relieved it was not related to my back, pinched nerves, or worse.

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