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Chronic Hamstring Tendonitis

Here is the summary of what has happened to me:Here are the facts:*8 weeks post on 1st marathon*Diagnosed by two different sports docs (the best in the state) with Chronic Hamstring Tendonitis*On heavy Prednisone and still in pain*Stretching religously*No running for two weeks, just Elliptical Trainer and Bike*Medial sides of left and right legs down by the back of my knees still hurts.*I might be crazy, but I think it hurts worse now than it did when I was trying to run through it??? *Don’t have access to a pool or I would try that.*Icing off and on with no real results.*Started running again two days ago and the tightness in my legs is back and limits my stride What can I do?

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    : Here are the facts:: *8 weeks post on 1st marathon: *Diagnosed by two different sports docs (the best in the state) with Chronic Hamstring Tendonitis: *On heavy Prednisone and still in pain: *Stretching religously: *No running for two weeks, just Elliptical Trainer and Bike: *Medial sides of left and right legs down by the back of my knees still hurts.: *I might be crazy, but I think it hurts worse now than it did when I was trying to run through it??? : *Don’t have access to a pool or I would try that.: *Icing off and on with no real results.: *Started running again two days ago and the tightness in my legs is back and limits my stride: : What can I do?Jim:Re: Chronic Hamstring problem. I have had the same thing. And I’m in the process of having a recurrence in a different leg. I was unable to run for about 10 months and it was killing me. I went to orthopedists and physical therapists and tried every type of therapy known to man. Whirlpool, ultrasound, deep heat, strengthening, etc. Finally I ran across a physical therapist who believed me when I told her I thought scar tissue had built up on my hamstring through micro-tears in the muscle from literally thousands of miles of running. (I’ve run 15 marathons, mostly in the 3:00 – 3:07 range, so I’m just an average runner.)She began a process of deep muscle/tissue massage on my right hamstring. I was particularly having trouble at the ischeal tuberosity, the sit bone, where your hamstring connects to your butt. She worked on me 8 or 10 times, but I began to feel relief almost immediately. She was massaging my hamstrings so deeply that her hands would start to weaken. Then she would bend her arm and take her elbow and just knead it around my hamstring and lower butt area near the top of the hamstring. Eventually this broke up the scar tissue and I was able to extend my leg without pain. She also had me on a stretching routine. And strengthening of the stomach muscles which, when weak, allow the pelvis to tilt forward thereby creating tension on the lower back and hamstring compartment. Hope this helps, and it isnt too late. Now I got it in the inner sided of the left leg from about the knee all the way up to the groin area. I think my stride is screwed up, but it’s a chicken and egg thing. I don’t which is causing the problem the hamstring tendonitis causing the stride problem or vice versa. For a brief description of this problem you may want to take a look at a book called The Lore of Running, by Tim Noakes, MD. He said it takes someone with hands of a gorilla to break up the scar tissue, but it is the only treatment that appears to work for chronic hamstring problems. Good luck with it, and hope you are running or will be able to start again soon.

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