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Hamstring Injury Lasting Longer Than Four Weeks

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I have suffered from a hamstring injury since descending a long steep hill during a half marathon last November. I took long heavy strides which was probably not the right thing to do. Now when I run, especially after descending a hill I get terrific pain just below my glutes which I think is coming from my hamstring. Can u advise on what injury I may have sustained and what I can do to improve this? I have tried stretching before and after but it does not help.
-Helen

Helen,

Generally an injury lasting longer than 3-4 weeks needs to be evaluated by a medical professional, so since it has lasted longer than five months, I would advise you to consult a doctor. Hamstring pulls are very common, but due to the fact that this has lingered on for so long I'm worried it could potentially be referred pain from a back or hip injury. It could be a hamstring pull that hasn't healed properly because of over-training, but my advice is to go get it checked out and to modify your training accordingly.

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Dr. James Nace, MD

James Nace, MD is an orthopedic surgeon-joint replacement and doctor of general orthopedics specializing in hip, knee and shoulder joint preservation and reconstruction. He practices out of the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland. Throughout his career as a physical therapist and orthopedic surgeon, Nace has gained the most satisfaction from treating runners and all types of athletes for their injuries and helping get them back to training and competing.

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