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Pulled/Torn Hamstring after ACL Reconstruction

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3 weeks after my ACL Reconstruction (Hamstring Graft) i started walking. everything was good. I was working on getting my range of motion back and when i was sitting down with my leg out i started dragging it back and i put pressure on my hamstring which hasn’t been used for 3 weeks. i heard a crack/pop/tear (in the back of my thigh) and my hamstring started hurting. it hurts now when i use it or straighten it too much. my knee feels great but i know whats left of my hamstring hurts. i didn’t do damage to the graft did i?

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  1. I just had the surgery 4 weeks ago and had the pop today at rehab. my therapist says its the scar tissue breaking up. It will fell like I pulled my hamstring, but it is ok.

  2. Did anybody ever get any complete answers here. I’m three weeks post Op and have damaged my hamstring and its killing me at the moment. any idea what going on anyone? and definite plan of rehabiliation – its slowing the main rehab?

  3. I am 6 months out of acl reconstruction with a hamstring graft. I just got to where I could jog with minimal limping. While jogging I had a pop behind my knee felt like a shock. I took it easy. But 3 weeks later durring some light activity it cramped up on me and now my entire hamstring has turned black with bruising. My doc also performed tiger woods acl surgery. But he is to busy to help me. I am a martial arts instructor and I love to jump and flip. Please help.

  4. Hi, It has been three weeks since my surgery. I was taking off a boot today and I heard a pop in the back of my knee. I have pain. My wife heard the sound from about 10 feet away. I am icing now. Is this a real problem? What should I do?

  5. 3 weeks after my ACL surgery(hamstring graft) I was walking up some stairs and what i think is my hamstring suddenly popped or riped. I felt immense pain in this area. Currently it hurts trying to stretch it. I am just wondering if i have anything to woory about?

  6. 2.5weeks after my ACL surgery(hamstring graft) I visited the physiotherapist and my hamstring popped while doing one of her exercises. It was trying to straighten my knee while tensing my quadriceps and hamstring when suddenly my hamstring popped. I felt immense pain in the central tendon of the hamstring. Currently it hurts immensely trying to stretch it. I am just wondering if i have anything to woory about?

    • HiAlmost the exact same thing happened to me as to the guy below. Just wondering what the answer is?I’m 2.5 weeks post op as well. thanks chris””2.5weeks after my ACL surgery(hamstring graft) I visited the physiotherapist and my hamstring popped while doing one of her exercises. It was trying to straighten my knee while tensing my quadriceps and hamstring when suddenly my hamstring popped. I felt immense pain in the central tendon of the hamstring. Currently it hurts immensely trying to stretch it. I am just wondering if i have anything to woory about? “”

  7. All, I had ACL surgery over a year ago now performed by a leading UK ACL surgeon. When doing some leg straightening exercises a few weeks after surgery I also heard a bit of a pop at the back of the knee. The explanation apparently is that the pop is the rupture of a few remaining fibres of hamstring tendon that was removed to form the replacement ACL. This is not a problem and, as you will have had explained to you, you will not miss it unless you do sprinting motions from deep flexion in the knee (such as from sprinting blocks).It is possible in any of your cases that the hamstring was pulled due to being slightly weakened by the graft, but this would heal itself long before you were in a position to go running about on a reconstructed ACL! Be careful if you do try running on a reconstructed knee with a sore / damaged hamstring – the hamstrings help balance the pressure on the knee exerted by the quads. Women’s quads are more powerful than men’s in relation to the relative strength of the hamstring, which is noted as one possible reason behind torn ACL’s being more common in women.I am not a doctor or a physio, this is my own research and experiences!

  8. OK…so I had the same thing happen – sitting on floor, doing some PT and “pop” in back of leg. Surgery was 2.5 weeks ago…Hamstring hurts on and off…still have range of motion. Should I be concerned?

  9. Had the same thing happen while I was in the shower (without my brace) just several days after surgery. Which was not according to Dr.orders! I place weight on my leg because I became slightly off-balanced and I heard and felt a notable “pop” in the back of my leg which hurt intensely. Is it possible to damage the hamstring after a graft, or is the graft too small to allow such an injury?Thanks for your time.

  10. I had my ACL and meniscus done 4 weeks ago and evrything . Yesterday during physical therapy I felt a pop after doing leg exercises. Now today just a while ago, I got up off the couch and felt a big pain. I goes up the back of my knee to my thigh and I guess it is the hamstring. Did I injure myself after my surgery? Please answer soon.Thank you.

  11. I just had the same thing happen to me last night when I was getting off the couch. The only difference is that my “pop” was in the back of the knee. I am worried that I tore my new hamstring graft. Did anyone on this posting find out what was going on with their hamstring/knee? Thanks, Chris

  12. wow, i was searching around because i had kind of the same issue. Had my acl reconstructed with a hamstring graft on Aug 9/06. I was sleeping the other day, and when i woke up in the morning i guess i stretched my leg out and all of a sudden it felt like my hamstring was pulled then snapped back into place, with a popping sound, and it really hurt, and has been bothering me for a few days now when i take a wrong step on it. Nothing i could really do about it because i was sleeping and kind of out of it when it happened. Like to hear back….i go back to physio in a few days, so ill ask then

  13. I had the exact same thing happen to me 3 weeks post op and again after 4 and a half weeks. The hamstring is extremely sore and swollen and I can barely straighten or flex my leg which makes walking quite difficult. Does this mean that my hamstring graft was not done very well? I had surgery on July 10th.

  14. Hi all

    7 weeks post-op and have had recurrent hamstring tears since week 3 (overexertion). It would be great to hear back from people who had be early stage tears tobhesr what the prognosis is. I’ve had so many tears now in such a short space of time I’m really worried about the long term prognosis.

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