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Pin the tail on the Hamstring Issue! (Read 189 times)

    Yep, year of the bad hammies. Well, my year started with a bruised knee bone. That lasted 3 months. Got that healed, and then started to get back to reasonable 5K shape, then the hammy hit me harder than the knee. I've been out for a month now and still no sign of it getting better. I think it's more likely a sciatica issue. On most days, it hurts to sit, and walk.

     

    Sucks...

     

    This is like the year of the bad hamstrings; what is going on? I half believe there's a virus out there that makes us extra susceptible. Anyway all I can tell you is, you don't really want your hamstring MRI to look like this.

     

      If you have not yet picked up Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry as MikeyMike recommend in his blog, I recommend it.  Very helpful!

       

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      Those who try, fail! Those who do what it takes to succeed, succeed!!

        dumb question, but what kind of doctor do you see for a hamstring/tendonopathy issue?  I want to get an MRI to see if there is tearing or tendon damage so I can get it fixed this winter and be better next year.

         

        That said, I had upper hamstrong tendon issues real bad last summer and this spring but started doing glute and hamstring exercises (squates, bridges mostly), a little more core work and I stopped stretching my hammys other than some very easy stuff.  And, lo and behold, I'm feeling much better.  I'm not pushing the speed work ,just what's comfortable but my fall marathon training has gone very well.

         

        My .02 is that if I were getting better and things were going in the right direction generally, I would not go anywhere near an MRI. No good can come from seeing pictures of your tendons. I would keep doing what you're doing. Tendons are not something you can just go "get fixed" no matter what you see on the MRI pictures. Most likely it would give you more questions than answers.

         

        But the type of doctor would be an orthopedic specialist, preferably one who specializes in sports medicine. Most likely he/she will prescribe PT first and foremost which would include the types of exercises your already doing.

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          this is an update on my own hamstring issues.   felt things tightening around  10 wks ago before left hamsting finally had had enough & it blew.   as most know hamstring pulls can be extremely painful.   had issues before while planing softball.  no worse pain than having your hamstring blow out tring to stretch out extra bases & being knocked to the ground from pain!    been working way through this injury for past 5-6 weeks.   several sessions with PT (e-stimulation, painful massages,  stretching/strengthening excercises), lowering mileage abit & eliminating all speed or track sessions.  pain in  hamstring has been going back & forth.  ran a 15k on 9/14th with issues somewhere between 5-6 miles but held up.  since then slowly improving.  this am did first real track w/o since this all started.  short w/o since have HM Sunday.  only did 4x100  & 3x200 but with good strong effort.  no issues & felt really good to get some speedwork in finally.    s/b ready to go for Bellingham Bay HM.   taken it easy rest of week & may take both Fri & Sat off before race with easy 6 miles tomorrow.    all this is to show that there is always hope if you take care of an injury right away & do proper recovery.   4 more sessions with PT & then will continue on with the stretching/strengthing  excercises including the core work & pelvic rotation excercises.    this time I really will continue with the excercises.  I think the pelvic roatation excercises were the most useful as thats where all the tightness stems from.  found out that 1 leg was 2.3 of an inch shorter because of the tightness & treatment has shortened that gap.  hooray!

             

            My .02 is that if I were getting better and things were going in the right direction generally, I would not go anywhere near an MRI. No good can come from seeing pictures of your tendons. I would keep doing what you're doing. Tendons are not something you can just go "get fixed" no matter what you see on the MRI pictures. Most likely it would give you more questions than answers.

             

            But the type of doctor would be an orthopedic specialist, preferably one who specializes in sports medicine. Most likely he/she will prescribe PT first and foremost which would include the types of exercises your already doing.

             

            thanks for the input.  I'm leaning that way (skipping the doctor and MRI) but keep thinking maybe I can do something to eliminate the issue.  But, likely, that's a pipe dream, especially in my old(er) age where nothing ever really heals up and goes away!

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