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Hamstrung by hamstrings

Jan 10th, 2014

Nico Nigrelli asked The Guru for the following Physiotherapy Advice:

I tore my hamstring about 8 weeks ago, rested it for a solid month, then slowly went from walk to a run over the course of 3 weeks. The past week i have noticed there is still a pain in the hamstring, which a friend has told me is most likely to be Scar tissue from the tear and to get a sports massage to help repair the muscle.
Could you please advise on what i should do next?

The Guru Responded:

Hi Nico
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Are you absolutely sure that you tore a hammy? Did you bruise and did it go “ping”? If so, then yes you did. If no, maybe not.
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Sounds like you’ve done the right thing, but the scar tissue diagnosis is pretty nefarious at the best of times.
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I’d go for your sciatic nerve being either tethered by your healing hammy or something happening in your back (which may not be painful)
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Have a try of this, if you slouch when sitting and put your chin on your chest then slowly straighten your knee, so your hammy pulls – if you now keep everything still and look up to the ceiling and the pain changes (better or worse)……it’s not a hamstring issue.
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Nerves hate to be stretched…..Get the diagnosis [physio sport help] sorted and get back to me

 

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