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Pulled Hamstring (Hamstring Injury)

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Comment from: Ken, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 10

I'm not positive what caused my hamstring injury, but I think it must have been during my jog when I did a short sprint. There was no immediate pain but the back of my leg from the glutes to about half way down the back of my leg had a sharp ache, which would feel better on my rest days but would flare up after a normal jog each time. I figure it's a grade 1 strain.

Comment from: Gray, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I slipped on ice, did the splits and pulled my hamstring. I hurt from the top of my leg down to my calf.

Comment from: Djs, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I got my pulled hamstring injury getting up on one ski a few days ago, I could feel the strain just after getting up on the ski and a slight pop. I went down and knew it was not good, tried to rest it for a few days. I started feeling better, then went and cooked a huge breakfast on my feet all day, and next day big bruise at the back of my knee and now I have hip and glute pain. I am back to resting it but hard to just lie around.

Comment from: No, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

I sustained my hamstring injury after a sudden run after my daughter who has Down syndrome as she was about to cross the street alone.

Comment from: Deb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I slipped over, my left knee hit the floor and my right leg did a slide stretched out to the side so, the splits resulting in a hamstring injury.

Comment from: Freddie Boy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

I was going for a drop-shot in tennis, I remember initiating a quick burst of speed toward the ball and when my right foot came down it was as if my leg was gone... literally gone, and in that split second I might as well have been an amputee because I could not feel my leg and I had no control over it because of the hamstring injury. In a millisecond my body continued to the hard court and my head hit like a coconut. Immediately after this I just lay on the ground dazed and unable to get up, and my leg hurt!

Comment from: G1984, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I stupidly jumped into the splits, thinking I was a gymnast again, it’s only been 20 years! The pain from the pulled hamstring was subtle and sore on lifting my leg. Two days after I tried to sprint the pain shot down my leg, a burning sensation! I am desperate to get back to playing sports again, I wonder how long this will take to heal. I have tried heat, cold, elevation, and compression. It is 5 days and still painful. Anti-inflammatory medicine works well, I can run forward, just no sprinting or side to side action.

Comment from: Donna F., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I was yelling at my husband because he wasn't cleaning the garage fast enough (3 days). While walking away, I accidentally stepped on my dog’s bone with my left foot, it rolled forward and I lost my balance and almost fell, but stopped it. I felt my muscle tear into 2 in the process. I had tears in my eyes from the pain. Day 2, pain in upper rear thigh and buttock... can't bend, can barely walk... I am on Motrin, and doctor says hamstring tear 10 percent.

Comment from: Joe, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I pulled my hamstring loading dirt bike. The bike pinned my leg at the knee. I had a bruised knee and shin. Hamstring keeps tightening up then relaxes.

Comment from: Sara G, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

On August 3rd I took a bad fall to my right hip. Four days later I went to get up out of bed and the pain was excruciating. It is now October 27 and the pain is still really intense in the upper portion of my hamstring. I don't have insurance but I am a registered nurse and have done everything I know to do. I wonder how long it takes to heal and if it will heal.

Comment from: Wowow, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

I was training slow twitch muscle fibers. I pushed a little too hard and felt the pop in the back of my leg. Knew immediately that I had injured my hamstring.

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Comment from: Erinluvscam, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I was walking on a carriage walk from the street and I thought I was walking around a puddle but it turned out it was a sheet of ice. I went down into the splits. My right (front) leg went completely numb and when I tried to get up, I fell again. I had no exterior bruising but I haven't walked right in a week since the pulled hamstring injury.

Comment from: tlc, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I slipped on a rug and went down on the porch. I had to be carried into the house, and was unable to walk. I went to the emergency room and they sent me home with pain medications for my hamstring injury. I was black and blue from just below my hip to my upper ankle. The muscle fell down my back of my thigh. There is still a big lump there that is about the size of a soft ball. I have showed it to many doctors and nothing has been done about it. Yes it still gives me pain but don't know if anything can be done or not.

Comment from: bp, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I slipped on wet floor, did an overextended split, and pulled my hamstring. I have had severe cramping off and on since.

Comment from: Holly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I was throwing a ball for my client’s dog and heard a pop. I knew I did something serious. Within 30 minutes I could hardly walk. For 2 days I needed a walker and my leg was swollen. I used ice and elevation for the hamstring injury. I went to the hospital and got x-rayed. No results. I need MRI with a specialist. It's been a month and I can't walk far without pain. I didn't get MRI as I felt better but after trying to walk, I am having pain.

Comment from: Johnny, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

I was riding my BMW off road. I extended my leg to catch my bike and felt like a golf ball tore loose and ran up the back of my knee to my thigh. I thought I had been shot. I'm 56 and had never had any problems with my legs till this pulled hamstring injury. It is 12 weeks later and my leg is still sore from time to time.

Comment from: Gwen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I was getting ready for work one evening and one of my new puppies had urinated on the floor and I didn't see it until I stepped and slipped. I heard a pop and felt pain as I did the splits and grabbed the door jamb. My husband helped me get up. I was in excruciating pain in the upper thigh/lower buttock area. I sustained my pulled hamstring injury 3 plus months ago and I am still in some pain when I sit for a long time or get up and go to walk. I did the RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) thing for a few days, but had to return to work. It is somewhat better, but I do know it is still there. Hopefully this pain will go away soon.

Comment from: Bonnie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 23

I injured my hamstring 4 weeks ago. I was walking away from my horse while holding my saddle in front of me and tripped over a mounting block. I tried to catch my fall and extended my right leg out to the left and felt a pop and excruciating pain. I went to the doctor and got a steroid shot, with instructions to use ice and then heat. It is hard for me to rest except at bedtime. I do Yoga once a week and this seemed to be helping. However, I slipped the other night in my kitchen and aggravated the previous injury. I feel like I'm starting over with the healing process. I can usually tolerate pain but this pain is horrible. I decided to do some research and came to this website. This information was very helpful.

Comment from: sgtennis, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I pulled my hamstring running for a shot in a tennis class. I felt a sharp shooting pain and then a pop or rapid stretching in the area. I can walk on it with a limp but hurts to bend, sit, etc. Pain is in high leg near pelvis. Am taking anti-inflammatory drug and going to start physiotherapy.

Comment from: Jeff, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 27

While working on the farm I was using my right leg as a tool to apply pressure on an object which needed moving but had a great deal of resistance. I felt as if I had been shot and honestly believe I heard my hamstring pop. The pain was unbelievable and I remember thinking of the football players I have seen double in pain from hamstring injuries on TV. I understand why they are sometimes carried off of the field on a stretcher following such an injury.

Comment from: Treska, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

In November of 2012 I had an elective operation on my right foot. The very next day I stepped the wrong way and broke the same bone. The surgery this time involved a plate, screws, and a bone graft. Followed by two and a half months of non-weight-bearing. I have difficulty with balance due to osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia so I used a knee walker for that time. Also because of fibromyalgia I have very tight muscles so when I was finally allowed to put weight on that foot I started to get pain in the back of my knee. I didn't think much of it at first but when it continued I mentioned it to my doctor (a podiatrist) who said it was from being immobile and to do stretching to improve the range of motion of the knee. So here I am almost four years later and my orthopedic doctor, who had been treating me for arthritis in both knees, diagnosed me with hamstring tendinitis yesterday. The corticosteroid injection he gave me began to relieve the pain (because of the lidocaine) and now I'm scheduled for six weeks of physical therapy. I just hope that this will help with the constant pain.

Comment from: Pinky, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I overused the leg curl machine at the women's gym and started to feel my left leg buckle. Then I proceeded with the leg push resistance machine, and could not bring my leg up all the way. My leg burned so bad that it went limp. I could not walk and sleep well because of severe pain. Two weeks later, I am still using prescription anti-inflammatory medicine as well as Tylenol. I wrap my left thigh with ACE bandage down to below my knee. The pain is unbearable. I am avoiding excessive walking and bending, as this exacerbates the pain.

Comment from: malibu, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I was walking up some steps and felt a popping feeling and so much pain at the back of my knee. This was 1st March and I am still in a great deal of pain. I was only told I had hamstring injury 8 weeks ago so was left without help for the first 6 weeks. I never had thigh pain, just pain in the knee area and below. I have since had what I could describe as like a tearing feeling in muscles below my knee area in the calf. I have been on crutches since I have done it. I also have been doing my exercises given to me via physiotherapist but I am still not 100 percent sure it is a hamstring injury. I am very frustrated and still in pain. I also have general wear and tear of the knee. I have been off work since I have done this and can’t see it getting any better.

Comment from: Yogi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I put a lot of strain on my body because I work 75 hours a week. And I guess pulling a muscle for the first time in my life, is the price I paid. I pulled my hamstring, probably grade 1, while trying to stretch a static stretch. The pain shoots from the left of my knee (back of knee) to my femora. It is weird how it feels as if a car crashed into my thigh. The muscle and tendon around my right knee is swollen and tender and 24/7 inflamed and painful. I cannot really afford to rise my leg above heart for 5 days to recover (RICE method). I will get ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory). It is a much pain as a bad sciatica or an open nerve on a tooth.

Comment from: Lopaka, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 16

I was trying the new jog/sprint exercise strategy. While I have been doing it for months I pushed too hard and injured my hamstring. Ouch!

Comment from: Lori, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I was walking in a poorly lit garage after having my eyes dilated. I didn't see the concrete tire stopper and tripped. I felt both a pop and a tearing sensation as I was flying through the air. I'm generally pretty stoic but when I landed on the ground I was in so much pain all I could do with writhe and moan. The pressure of the concrete floor on the back of my thigh was too painful to bear so I turned onto my stomach. I was taken by ambulance to the emergency room where I was diagnosed (after an MRI) with a full thickness tear of 3 hamstring tendons.

Comment from: russ, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 27

I was having a 100 meter sprint with grandson, 10 years old, I am 63 and haven’t tried sprinting in years. Needless to say I got about 10 meters before injuring my hamstring and thought somebody shot me in the backside. I went down in a screaming heap.

Comment from: Todd, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

In October I lifted the corner of a love seat so my dog could get his ball. As I was lifting, I felt something tear in my hip and the back of my knee. It took weeks to heal and I was limping. Then on Thanksgiving, I was playing ball with my dog again and just a quick move caused my knee to buckle. The pain was much worse this time and lasted about 6 weeks. No sooner did I recover from this, two weeks ago I was hit with acid reflux and woke up coughing my head off. The fit of coughing caused me to pull it again! The pain had returned and I didn't take it serious enough. I went to work, climbed stairs, did the shopping and cleaned the house as usual. Now, the pain is 10 times worse than before and if I flex my glutes, my foot feels like it is on pins and needles. I can barely walk and can't sit for any length of time. It's been a week and I've never been in so much pain for so long.

Comment from: Paula, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

Yesterday I was sledding in the snow down a hill in my yard to smooth it so I could ski. I was cross-legged on the disk and the powder was so deep I didn't even get going that fast, but at some point I veered out of the track I had made with snowshoes and headed straight for a tree. I hit the tree with the left shoulder and arm and the impact made my right leg fly out from its position and I felt an immediate excruciating pain in my right buttock and back of thigh. I could hardly limp back into the house. We have stairs, and I am having a hard time going up and down them. I don't know for sure if I pulled the hamstring, glutes, or both, or if it is just my sciatica, but it sure hurts when I sit down and if I do anything that stretches those muscles.

Comment from: Ann, 45-54 (Patient) Published: December 21

I pulled hamstring while doing an exercises for sciatica. Sciatica is a big nerve which I pinched while working. I am a material handler. The pinch is gone but now have to get rid of the pulled hamstring.

Comment from: christielucy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I had a karmic reaction when I was pretending to kick some one. My hamstring tightened immediately and I hobbled off quite defeated. The pain is in my hamstring but travels through around my hip into my groin. I am not sure if I should bother my doctor with this but some movements cause light popping even now.

Comment from: Landon426, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 19

I tore my hamstring while lunging for a ball playing tennis.

Comment from: lisa c., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I was sparring in karate class and threw a hook kick. I immediately felt a pop in my upper left hamstring. The 3 days prior I didn't do much stretching. I did hurt it a little the week before.

Comment from: Blue Ocean, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 27

I had been bending straight over to bathe two cats and thoroughly cleaning the house because of fleas I found on the cats. The next day I walked quite a distance at a fast pace to go to the hospital to visit my dad. On the 3rd day, I found I had pulled my hamstring; the back of both legs hurt quite when bending to sit.

Comment from: Rhonda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I think it was over use that caused my hamstring injury. I went on a bike ride, up hills, went on a walk up hills and went on a hike, up hills. Then I drove a tractor for two days. On day three my leg just gave up! Such pain! So now it has been three weeks. I'm thinking I'd better go to a physical therapist to help me rehabilitate it. I can walk fine, I just can't do stairs, especially down! So frustrating!

Comment from: Zagra, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I strained my hamstring playing soccer outdoors. Prior to playing I went to the gym to warm up doing leg extensions, stretching and cycling. I used a protein (from GNC) shake with thermogenics about 30 mins before the soccer match.

Comment from: Zagra, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I strained my hamstring playing soccer outdoors. Prior to playing I went to the gym to warm up doing leg extensions, stretching and cycling. I used a protein (from GNC) shake with thermogenics about 30 minutes before the soccer match.

Comment from: dave, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 29

I injured my hamstring acing a Tyrannosaurus rex at a science museum (obviously a simulation). I pulled up with pain at about 10 yards. I had pain walking even slowly for a day and pain has persisted if I try to walk more quickly, now at 10 days post injury.

Comment from: speedwrtr, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I slipped on a wet floor and pulled my hamstring. I could feel the muscle in the back of my upper thigh behind my hip being pulled.

Comment from: bo bo, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 14

I was trying to kick a dog that would climb my fence, I missed and did the splits; need I say more! I have been in pain for 4 years and now that I have a torn hamstring I go to the doctor. Wish me luck.

Comment from: Popalo, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 09

I was doing squats with a 44 lb. kettlebell. I would squat down and when I was returning to the start I would throw the kettlebell as high and as far as I could. I was moving around 30 yards then turn around and start over going back to the starting point. I did this for about 30 minutes. It took a day before the hamstring started to hurt. I have been in crossfit training over 3 years and never had this problem. It has been about four months and it is still causing me a lot of pain. It is popping all the time. I believe the most pain is when I am driving. I have been to the doctor and he said I pulled it. I can’t take drugs because of ulcers in the past. I have been trying the foam roller and it seems to help a little.

Comment from: Judy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I was sitting in a chair having lunch and turned to feed the cat on the floor. In doing so I felt a horrible burning pain in my right buttock. It was so painful I had tears. I have a high tolerance of pain but this was unbearable. I had two MRIs, 1st one said it was a torn gluteus muscle and the 2nd was the added torn hamstring. These have never healed after two years.

Comment from: lloyd, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 19

I reached into the trunk of my auto to pull out an 80 pound bag of cement. I could feel my hamstring tear. After two days, I am still hobbling somewhat.

Comment from: CS, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I was sitting on the backs of my legs/ankles on the floor wrapping Christmas ornaments for about 40 minutes. When I tried to stand up, I couldn't put any weight on my right leg and I couldn't bend or straighten it either. It was almost two days before I could put any weight on it.

Comment from: Tejas, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 27

I am an athlete, I am suffering from hamstring injury for the past three weeks. Pain is less now but whenever I am running I am finding it a little difficult to run and I am in fear whether it is healed or not.

Comment from: CS, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I was sitting on the backs of my legs/ankles on the floor wrapping Christmas ornaments for about 40 minutes. When I tried to stand up, I couldn't put any weight on my right leg and I couldn't bend or straighten it either. It was almost two days before I could put any weight on it.

Comment from: boomrat, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 29

I was pushing my stalled vehicle in a shopping center when I had my hamstring injury. It felt like someone had hit me in the calf or something fell on it.

Comment from: Topgun, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 23

I am an overweight, out of shape golfer with a background in sports, so my heart and mind say give it 110 percent, but my body can't keep up. I was out playing golf and stepped into a swing to drive a par 4 and pulled a hamstring like I could actually do that. But the thing is it's an old baseball injury, same leg, thought that was all healed from 30 years ago. Now I'm limping and don't know how to fix it.

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