Post # 1
I injured my left hamstring somehow – not really sure what I did – I woke up over the weekend with this throbbing pain and it’s hurt ever since. It hurts mostly when I’m seated – and was spasming a little last night. (I’m pretty sure it’s the semimembranous muscle – the pain is mostly on the lower part of the muscle – maybe 4 inches up from the knee and toward the inside of the thigh.)
Has anyone experienced anything like this?
I’m wondering if I should be icing or heating or wrapping it. Since it hurts to sit, I’m standing at work. I plan on calling my primary doctor today to see if I can get a referral to an ortho (that’s what I need, right?)?
Post # 3
I’d see a physio. In the meantime, ice it several times a day for 15 minutes, especially right before bed, and eat lots of protein.
Post # 4
Im currently an Athletic Training (NOT personal trainer!) student and I work at a Physical Therapy Clinic.
There are a few options here.
You could have strained a muscle, you could be having sciatic nerve symptoms, or it could be related to a back injury. If it radiates down your leg from your hip, butt, or back make sure to see a doctor right away. If it is only in one spot it is probably a muscle isssue.
Ice it for 10-15min as needed every few hours. DO NOT use heat, it will increase inflammation. Ibuprophen (motrin, advil) may help the pain. Wrapping it probably wont help because of the area.
If the pain doesnt subside in a few days see a doctor to get an ortho consult or see a physical therapist. They will both be able to help you.
Post # 5
SIL is a physical therapy student also and I am constantly asking her questions like this and her answer is always ice for injury, heat for relaxation/tension, but she said ice is always a good choice if you don’t know what’s wrong.
She’s also recommended wrapping and just resting/taking a break from whatever activity you are doing!
Post # 6
Thanks, guys! I really appreciate it. Thanks also for the when to ice/ when to heat explanation – I’ll remember that from now on!!
I definitely think it’s just the muscle (not the nerve, thankfully!) and it does seem to getting better. I rested from working out today and have an appointment with my primary set for tomorrow (earliest I could get). Here’s hoping the rest will do the trick and I won’t need to do anything further.