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Chronic upper hamstring and buttock pain

 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:15 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Chronic upper hamstring and buttock pain Reply with quote

Hi Doc-

I'm a 58 year old cyclist and runner with two decades of experience in each discipline. For the last several months, I've been trying to get rid of a chronic pain in my left upper (inner) hamstring. The pain is a dull ache, deep in the hamstring, present both when cycling or running, and also painful when sitting. I can ride or run through the pain, but that's probably not a good long term strategy. I stretch daily, take Nuprin 2x per day, run on soft surfaces, and don't over train. Taking days off doesn't seem to help.

A search of these symptoms on the 'net yielded " sacrotuberus ligament sprain ... hamstring muscle syndrome". Is there a suggested course of treatment or physical therapy for what I've described? As usual, my GP suggested that I quit exercising for a couple of months or until the pain went away (right - no more 2-footed Prozac!). Comments?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 2:13 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

bcullins:

Taking a one - two week rest would be reasonable. You could even throw in some easy swimming, which is not weight bearing and non impact, to help keep your muscle tone without worsening a chronic injury while you take your sebatical. If the symptoms persist than an evaluation by a Physical Therapist and Sports Medicine doctor is in order. To try to sort out the cause and prescribe the best treatment course.

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