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need help with hamstring(3 posts)

need help with hamstringstan_b
Sep 11, 2003 5:04 AM
I have never had a hamstring problem until my ride Saturday. I think it might have been the sprinting. I rode a hard 11 miles before joining a group and also did some sprints during the main part of the ride. I initially thought it was just cramping but then the pain became worse as I completed the 72 mile ride.

I didn't ride at all for 3 days and the pain went away but on my ride yesterday it returned only 4 miles into the ride. I completed my ride but by the end it was getting hard to pedal properly. The pain is on the inner side of my left hamstring about 5 inches from my knee.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what can be done to help? I guess I must have pulled my hamstring. I tried getting off the bike and stretching it but it didn't help - perhaps more stretching before the ride?

Or is the only thing to do to take a lot of time off the bike?

Thanks for any feedback!
Hamstrings take a long time to heal...kjr39
Sep 11, 2003 5:58 AM
I imagine that you are going to have to spend some time off of the bike and just streching and light workout to keep it loose. Hamstrings are famous for taking a long time to heal properly.

Given that most of us spend our time behind a desk doesn't do anything to help...
My wife is a RN/Physical Therapist and she read your postZenJones
Sep 11, 2003 6:17 AM
Her response is-

Depending on how far it is on the inside of your leg it may not be your hamstring at all but in fact your gracilis muscle(a long muscle that passes from the pubic bone to the tibia in the lower leg. It flexes and rotates the leg medially at the knee. She also said this is a common pull area for cyclists, dancers, etc because of repetition)and it may not be a muscle itself. It may be a ligament.

Smartest thing to do is stop riding for a few days and apply heat with a normal dose of Motrin to reduce inflamation.

After that... (her favorite line of all)- See your Dr.