Back of Knee Pain, Down Into Calf Up Into Hamstring

by Thomas
(London,Canada)

It has been about 3 months off and on.

I had been working the lower body a lot at the gym because upper body was out of action a bit (large Tear Rotator Cuff)

I did a lot of cardio and stabilization exercises for my knees, history of right broken femur when I was 17. My leg is shorter by about 1/2 inch. I am 53 now.

I have seen two different GP'S. One said maybe arthritis and fluid; the other said fluid and just to keep working it.

I can hit the treadmill for 30 minutes no problem.

If I start using the climbing machine or even today walking round Costco for 20 minutes I start limping with pain in the hamstring area and back of the knee.

If I rest it and take an anti-inflammatory it seems to be ok till the next episode?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Mar 25, 2008
Stretching and a heel lift
by: Bart - SII

Two things that you might consider talking to your doctor about or trying.

Given your history of femur fracture and the fact that you have a leg length difference, this may be contributing to your problem - when the legs are different lengths, the body has to compensate in order to function normally - this usually occurs at the hips, and they will either rotate or tilt to lengthen the short leg. This can sometimes cause problems with the knees and muscles around the knees and hips. You might discuss the use of a heel lift with your doctor as this could help.

The second thing is the possiblity of some neural tension in your right leg. This could be due to your increased activities, or again from the leg length difference.

Neural tension refers to the nerves ability to move within the body. Nerves are just like any other tissue - they need to be able to stretch and move around the surroungding tissues. When you have tension on the nerves, they are not as mobile - meaning that instead of sliding and gliding against the surrounding tissues, they tend to stick to them instead. This produces a stretch on the nerve and cause irriation and pain that radiates.

You can do a google search on neural tension to learn more about this condition. Neural flossing is one way to treat this, but that is best done by a physical therapist or athletic trainer trained in these areas.

Try a traditional hamstring strech, with your leg out straight in front of you. Put a towel around your toes so that you can hold on to both ends with your hands. Lean forward reaching toward your toes until you feel your hamstring strech, and then pull the towel toward you to bring your toes closer to your body. When you pull the towel and stretch the calf as well, you may get an increase in the stretch behind your knee, or you may actually reproduce your leg pain. Pull the towel gently, then release, and repeat this several times. As you do this, the intensity of the stretch should decrease. If this reproduces your pain, you could have some neural tension, and I would recommend talking to your doctor.

I hope this helps. If you have other questions, please comment back.

Aug 26, 2009
Hamstring and Calf pain when lying on My Back
by: Anonymous

I recently had a full right hip replacement. At that time an MRI indicated that I also had right medial meniscus tear. I have not had treatment on the meniscus yet. I live in a house with many stairs. For months I had to wal those stairs one step at a time. As a result my left hamstring and calf began having pain (only when I am on my back)
Now it is on both legs. Can anyone suggest treatment

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