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Treatment therapy for Chronic Hamstring Tear

Question: Treatment therapy for Chronic Hamstring Tear

I'm and older runner (57) and I've been running for about 3 years. I completed my first marathon last October but have always battled tight and sore hamstrings these past three years. Last December, I developed chronic pain where the hamstring tendon connects to the ischial tuberosity in both legs but in slightly different locations. My left leg is so bad I can't even do a single leg eccentric hamstring curl with 20 lbs! I have pain and tightness especially after sitting for 30 minutes or more. The PT I was seeing was putting me through some rigorous stretching which aggravated the problem. An MRI resulted in a diagnosis of hamstring tear with edema at the insertion area.

Everything I've read on the internet about this condition indicates it is difficult and sometimes impossible to treat.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/health/05treatment.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

The most hopeful article I read was from:

http://www.endurancesportsmassage.com/chronic%20muscle%20tear.html

This article suggest cross friction massage is the cure for chronic hamstring tears.

Does anyone have any experience with this injury and/or success using cross friction massage or other treatment?

Thanks!

Answer:

Hi - just reading about your hamstring tear at the top of your hamstring where it connects to the ischial tuberosity. I have had this exact injury for the past two years. In December 2010 I developed pain in my left glute muscle - whereby sitting became very painful, most painful whilst driving. I had an MRI in 2010 and everyone concluded that I had Piriformis syndrome so that was treated with strength work for the Glute Muscles, hamstrings, hip rotators etc - gradually it improved, I didnt run much during mid 2011 mainly took part in cycle events. Then at the end of 2011 just last December on the week before Christmas while out running I felt the same pain in my glute/top of my hamstring almost like I had pulled something, it was so painful afterwards for days that I decided to have another MRI - this showed Tendonopathy and a tear at the connection point of the hamstring. For 2 months I could hardly sit without terrible pain, I couldn't walk far, especially up hill, I was trying everything massage, friction, physiotherapy, exercises etc - then a light at the end of the tunnel - I found a Sports Doctor specializing in hamstring injuries, who saw me said it was a bad injury but would be cured with - PRP Injections, exercises, rest from everything that irritated the injury. Now four months later I have to say I am 99% better,can sit no problems, can cycle loads, swim and do all my gym exercises consistently every day. I had two PRP injections and did all the exercises the DR and the Physio gave me, I also had some dry needling with the physio. I can say that I emphathise with what you are going through as for me it was the worst running injury I ever got. If you want any further details just send me your email address and I will email you with some links to further reading material. Hope my reply helps you.

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Hi mhaire, nice post - many thanks for sharing your experience.

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Mhaire ... Thank you! Please contact me at 110sierraridge(at)gmail.com.