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Pulled hamstring???(10 posts)

Pulled hamstring???gildomilo
Jul 28, 2003 5:01 AM
Hi Everyone,
I just bought my new bike two weeks ago and have already put close to 300 miles on it. Saturday while swimming I noticed a strange pain behind my knee. Of course I was about 50 yards from shore when this happened and had to swim in. Now this morning I have a fairly annoying tightness on the backside of my left leg behind my knee. Is this the infamous hamstring coming to get me? When I get up from sitting down I notice a tighness, and then I walk it off. Is there anything I can do about it? Anyone have an idea of how long I will be unable to spin for?
Doesn't sound like a hamsring pull to me.dzrider
Jul 28, 2003 5:44 AM
They are usually 6" or so above the knee and are more of a severe pain than a strange one. Occasionally you'll see a baseball player pull up lame and grab the back of his leg on the way to 1st base. Back of the knee sounds more like ITBS or some other knee problem.
ACL tear?pitt83
Jul 28, 2003 6:16 AM
That's how mine felt. Mine was partial, not complete. Terribly slow rehab (6 months) through PT. Still have some instability issues for things requiring lateral direction changes (tennis).
isn't the ACL on the front of your knee?gildomilo
Jul 28, 2003 6:32 AM
I was under the impression that the ACL was on the front of your knee? This is on the rear of my leg on the outside edge. There is definatly a muscle or tendon there, I'm just not sure what it is.... I guess if a little icy hot and rest doesn't make it better I'll be taking a trip to the DR.
Thanks for the help so far.
ACL is deep in the centerpitt83
Jul 28, 2003 7:16 AM
But, you'll feel any pain associated with in directly in the center of the rear of your knee. It and the PCL connect in an "X" fashion fornt to back and left to right to lend lateral stability to your leg. Left knee joint as viewed from the rear:
Thanks for the diagramgildomilo
Jul 28, 2003 7:41 AM
I'll have to see what tomorrow and the next day bring me. I don't think it's major, as I can walk without much pain. It really just feels like a stiff muscle. Thanks again for all the information.
Doesn't sound like a hamsring pull to me.kermit
Jul 28, 2003 9:20 AM
I agree with dzrider. It's very likely that it is not a typical hamstring inujury. It is probably related to overuse. 300 miles in two weeks for a newbie is a fair bit of mileage. Stay off the bike for a few days, pop some Vitamin I (ibuprofin) or other NSAID, ice the injured area several times a day as your schedule allows. If it doesn't clear up soon, see a doc before getting back on the bike.


PS - Your seat could possibly be a bit too high. Were you fit properly?
Thanks Kermitgildomilo
Jul 28, 2003 10:05 AM
I was fit properly, by Al Schaffer at the Ordinary Bike shop here in CT. He's a certified ??? "bike fitter" . I've been riding for a few months now, but between cycling 40 miles on friday afternoon and swimming after my gf for 1/2 mile on sat I probably did just overdo it. I'll pop some Vitamin I and put some ice on it tonight when I get home from work.... I'm due to take the bike in for service anyway, so this would be some good down time... Thanks again everyone. I'll let you know the result.
Thanks Kermitortman
Jul 28, 2003 1:39 PM
It's not an ACL tear, to rip this requires trauma and you'd know when it happened. If it's in the back of your knee and centrally located it probably isn't a hamstring strain, the tendons for the hamstring muscles are on the outside and inside of your knee. I would guess it might be a popliteus strain. THe popliteus is a small muscle directly behind your knee. In any event, it's probably soft tissue (muscle or tendon) and should respond well to ice, rest, Advil. (I'm a physical therapist). Good luck.
Hey Ortmangildomilo
Jul 28, 2003 2:26 PM
Hi Ortman,
It's on the outside edge of the back of my knee. That's why I intially thought it was one of my hamstring muscles. I'm not sure exactly which one. I'll do as you prescribe. Will it do any harm to stretch daily?