Steve: very sorry. I am now in month 19 without a clear hamstring although it seems to be allowing me to run. There are two issues (neither of which I have resolved); 1. diagnosis, 2. cause. I seem to have some scar tissue fairly deep in the muscle but can currently do most things although I would not dare to do weight resistance. Cause: hmmm, well, the expert athletics osteopath thinks I have a weak right glute, the expert sports injury masseur thinks it all relates back to my lumbar vertebae problem that I have had since age 14. Patience, avoiding aggravating it and finding satisfying ways of working around it, testing it gently periodically seem the best ways forward. If you are desperate and/or wealthy, there are sports injury specialist orthopaedic surgeons who can run diagnostics only available to them, which ultimately where one has to go. Good luck.
Hamstrings are a complete nightmare and mine is still not completely clear from injury after 19 months. All I can say is; go gently, don't annoy it too much. If things get bad try the cross-trainer. Strangely, I sometimes find now that running helps it rather than hinders it but I don't try any kind of weight resistance on the hamstring. Patience seems the only way. PS I am male, 57 and have NEVER tried to do the splits, not that I think my daughter would be impressed even if I did!
I am 57 and I have had a right hamstring problem for nearly 18 months. An osteopath thinks the cause is a weak right glute, my usual sports injury masseur thinks it all relates back to a spondilolithesis I have had since I was 14. However, when ever it seems to be getting better something happens and it deteriorates again; the last occasion was a week ago when I was digging up bits of turf to plant bulbs for next spring. Although it always seems to give me trouble shortly after I have reached running 11k in an hour and feel that I am at a point to lift off to something half descent. The only thing I can really suggest to people who have hamstring problems and get frustrated at not being able to exercise is to try other forms of exercise; maybe biking or using a cross trainer - these work for me when the hamstring isn't too bad, and then I find a gentle run seems to actually ease it.
Hi, I am 56 and about 8 weeks ago I had a fine 8 mile run, the next day I ran down a steep road about 30 yards (not on a run) and I felt a twinge in my right hamstring. I went to the gym that evening and found that the hamstring really hurt when I tried to use it. I have since been in the crazy situation where if I walk at a moderate pace each day on the horizontal I am fine but if I even try to walk fast or up a hill the hamstring twinges and then hurts for the rest of the day. What do I do to stop aggravating the injury and how do I heal it?
How I finally solved my hip problem (there have been fascinating pieces of advice and experience here)REST. I did not run, I stopped cycling around London even on the flatish bits. The rest was enforced and not planned - we were decorating a large room and living in chaos and squalor with all the stuff out of the room, when my mother-in-law was taken seriously ill and a month later died. This meant that any thoughts of serious exercise went out the window for a couple of months. I started back at square one with a bit of stiffness in the hip but I took things very gently, never pushing the hip when it felt stiff, and gradually I was able to increase my running and other forms of aerobic activity. I would not have taken so much time off by choice and would probably still be grumbling here about the hip, but sometimes we have to take the frustration and just rest an injury until it is fully better and be patient (all the sorts of things I am incapable of). As for the shoulder....don't ask, I'm in denial.