Hamstring stretch causes pain

Jan 12th, 2014

Jason asked The Guru for the following Physiotherapy Advice:

Hi I injured my hamstring on the 12th March and recovered in a month, I did my own rehab with stretching and slow jogs. I was able to sprint without any pain in the 5th week. I decided to play soccer on the 18th April and re-injured my hamstring. I have since seen the physician twice and they performed dry needling. Its the 3rd week now and I can jog pain free, however the stretching exercises they gave ( placing foot on chair and pointing toes towards me) causes a sharp pain from the back of hamstring just below buttock ( bicep femoris). The strengthening exercises I feel no pain only on the stretching exercises. What do I do, not sure if I should continue to jog or stop until stretch is pain free….please help.

Regards

Jason

Jan 12th, 2014

The Guru Responded:

Hi Jason

You may be over stretching. A torn hammy is a very over stretched hammy.

You want to restore normal flexibility, but don’t want to over do it.

I think I’d stop stretching, concentrate on getting strength and stability and start working on more endurance.

Failing that, make sure this is not a neural issue (sciatic nerve can mimic hamstring pain exactly) try slump testing….have a squizz on google and see if there’s anything in it.

Let me know

The Guru

Six Physio

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