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Chronic hamstring pulls

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Threadbearer, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. Threadbearer

    Threadbearer Distinguished Member

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    Whenever I jog these days, which I do regularly, I'm always right on the verge of pulling a hamstring. I've had several bad pulls in the past, usually resulting from sudden activity without warm-ups or stretching. (I don't do that anymore.) I haven't pulled a hamstring in a long time, but for about a month now the back of both of my thighs tighten up like springs whenever I run, and I'm sure that one wrong step will have me limping for home.

    Question: What KIND of a doctor should I see about this? Orthopedist? Rheumatologist? Neurologist? Other?

    Also, what might cause a condition like this? I always warm-up and stretch before exercising, and I eat very healthfully and stay well-hydrated. Does this sound like a vitamin deficiency?

    Background: I'm 51 and work out 3x/week, lifting weights and jogging. I often do intervals in place of jogging, but instead of exploding into my sprints, I ramp up gradually to reduce the chances of another strained hammy.
     


  2. Cary Grant

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    Not specific to your hammy but if you haven't had full bloodwork done lately, it's a good idea. Look over your potassium etc.
     


  3. Threadbearer

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    Not specific to your hammy but if you haven't had full bloodwork done lately, it's a good idea. Look over your potassium etc.
    Good idea, CG. I do that every summer, but maybe I should push my schedule ahead this year.
     


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    texas_jack Stylish Dinosaur

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    Likely you are compensating for another diffciency and that's causing you to hurt your hammy. See a doc and get a prescription to see a physical therapist.
     


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    Do more deadlifts/rdl and goodmornings. Work on your posterior chain. Stretch a lot more.
     


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    Do you run often or are you just getting back into it?

    Id spend a little more time stretching and try using a heating pad before running to help loosen up the muscles...
     


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    One cause of pulled hamstrings (among others) is simply, weak hamstrings. Do leg curls 1-2 times per week. Before running, do standing unweight leg curls, then stretch. It at least gets the hammies a bit warm. I play soccer, used to have issues, and this works for me.
     


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    Also try getting a shoulder massage or myofascial release around your traps.

    We all sit more than we should and it has a direct effect on your hammies. Even a simple test of using your fingers to dig in will create a more flexible stretch when touching your toes.
     


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    Do more deadlifts/rdl and goodmornings.
    Already a regular part of my workouts.

    Do you run often or are you just getting back into it?
    I've been running for years. The intervals are rather new, though, but I was having hamstring issues before I took up intervals.

    Thank you for all the suggestions, gentlemen. Guess I'll get my ass to the doctor for some bloodwork and will do a lot more stretching/warming up in the meantime.
     


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    Invest in a foam roller man. Work it over your legs until it doesn't hurt anymore. It will probably take a couple months. It could be a muscular imbalance.
     


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