How to treat recurring, long term hamstring issue?

by Greg
(Atlanta, GA)

Three years ago, had a severly pulled/strained hamstring (discoloration, etc). Went to doctor, then did a good job of resting and rehab (professional rehab). No problems for about a year after that.

About a year and a half ago, I did it again. Although not as severe this time, I cannot get it even close to normal again. I have rested it for periods of times, then stretched and strengthened after soreness is gone. Then, when I play ANY sport, it is always there waiting to go again.

I am 47 and play in a men's baseball league, and it is always limiting me. I no-longer know whether to ice, stretch, take anti-inflammatories. I am completely lost as to what type of treatment to undergo...or if I need the help of a physician or therapist, what type to see.

Help?

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Jul 23, 2008
You may think I am crazy...
by: Bart - SII

But if you were my patient, I would probably spend a good deal of time in therapy working on improving your hip flexor and low back flexibility. When the low back and hips don't move enough, then the hamstring (and the knee and achilles) end up taking the brunt of the stress of activities.

There are several stretches that can work to improve your hip mobility. You might try those, along with your hamstring stretches and see if that improves things. Also, working on lower back mobility can help reduce the stress on your hamstrings.

Heat before activities, and ice afterwards if you are sore are the best rules to follow. And if you seek out a physician or therapist, make sure to find one that specializes in sports medicine, and who take a "total body" approach to rehab - otherwise they will miss what is likely causing the undue stress on your hamstrings.

Hope this helps - comment back with other questions.

Jul 21, 2009
Hamstring hell.
by: Anonymous

I have recuring hamstring problems I attend collage and I run teack for my school.But this year I had been plaged by this problem.my left hamstring keeps pulling. I can walk after I pull,when I apply preasure on the legs thats it.when I was a child I use to ware brace for my legs,it was slightly bent. can this be the promlem.I am fostrated I want to run.I compeet in 400m and the 200m.What can I do.

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