4 month hamstring injury?
Mya et al – bless you for helping! I am 28 yr female, active.4 months ago, felt slight discomfort/twinge in upper l. hamstring near buttbone when walking (no sudden injury or contusion that I can recall).
I laid off all exercise but problem worsened.. progressing to constant overall ache in upper & lateral hamstring & pain sometimes in upper gluteal. Very bad soreness in upper leg — Very painful to sit especially. Yet I have no real restriction of movement, just a little tight up there. I can walk “normally” though I usually feel soreness or twinge/pinching here and there.After 6 weeks, went to PT. They do ultrasound, 5-minute tissue massage, stretching for several minutes, gradually incorporate some easy exercises without weights — bridges, leg lifts, balances, etc.After 6 weeks of that, no marked improvement.
Went to Orthopedist who was unconcerned at 3-month mark. No MRI or X-ray. Prescribed anti-inflamm and said to cut back on stretching and do more strength training, get on a bike, etc. He seemed to think 1 month would do it.Here it is over 1 month later.. same story. Now at PT I use ankle weights and 20 min of light aerobic few times per week – easy bike, walk backwards, or elliptical. I do not feel pain during aerobic but sometimes after the weights and matwork, I feel sore. The meds helped initially but pain comes through again now.Am I re-injuring myself?
Worsening the tear? “They” say do not exercise again until you feel no pain – what if it is inflammatory-type pain that comes and goes? Doctor said “use your noodle” but yet that the only way to fix it would be to re-strengthen.
I’m confused! Frankly, I understand there may be nothing else he can do for me. But what can I do for myself?! PT says hamstring/butt are noticeably smaller than healthy one and will take several months to rebuild. I can deal with going slowly but I need some reassurance that I’m not making it worse! should I be laying off exercise completely, or will I tighten up? Does even walking make it worse?THANK YOU!