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Hamstring tear/strain?

Question: Hamstring tear/strain?

Was playing field hockey and chasing & turning at time, felt a "POP" in my right hamstring/butt area and immediate pain, and left the field. Felt as though I had been hit in the butt with a hockey ball, now (1 week on) when I try to jog (can't really) it feels like my leg will give way - thoughts on prognosis?

Answer:

Lynda

Sounds like you just ruptured your hamstring origin. Very common injury believe it or not. I once saw a Fitness coach pop his at a Rugby training session - I heard it from 50m away. And I have seen about a dozen over the last 10 years.

Advice - get an MRI. It will visualise the hamstring origin and see which ones have pulled off and how far they have retracted. Depending on your age and what you plan to do sports wise for the next decade, they can be left alone and rehabed (about 4-5 months before full sprinting and playing hockey again) or they can be surgically repaired.

Where do you live? If in or around London go and see Fares Haddad. If the USA - I have no idea.

Expect it to be very sore for a week after and most likely your hamstring will be black from bruising from your butt to your knee in about 7-10 days time. It looks terrible.

Hope this gives you an insight.

Regards
Chris Mallac
Sports Injury Doctor

Answer:

Hey Chris

thanks for that, did end up getting a MRI and have an avulsion fracture of the ischial tuberosity - at this stage surgery hasn't been recommended. I am 43yrs, but wish to continue playing hockey to the highest level for my age- representing New Zealand, have a world cup in England next year to look forward to (hopefully), looks like a few weeks on the sideline and get time to rehab and strengthen for next year now.
cheers
Lynda

Answer:

Interesting. Avulsion are more prevelent in the younger age group who still have an active growth plate. People of your age generally pull 2 of the 3 tendons of the bone. If you want to fly across the ditch for a second opinion there is an awesome surgeon in Melbourne - David Young - who looks after all of the AFL players for pelvic related injuries.

Chris Mallac
Sports Injury Doctor