How long until hamstring strain goes away

See previous thread

Not sciatica etc. Now I've not run for >3 weeks, stopped going to the gym as I didn't feel it was helping my legs and just doing stretches from physio, plus weekly deep tissue massage.

Aches and pains in hamstrings still there after all this time, even when walking. How long should I expect to wait until I can get going again? I should stress that I'm not in as much pain - now at the stage where there is still a tightness, so am making progress. If I jog across the road for example; just when the lights change, so nothing you wouldn't do normally; I am still aware of the tightness. I am now tail walking at parkrun, but did jog home [<1M] this weekend, only to find that the tightness is still there so I walked again.

How do I know when it's OK and when I'm just being a woos?!


  • Have you had it seen to by a physio?
    Time taken to heal will depend on the grade grade 1 weeks grade 3 alot longer .
    Did it bruise when you did it?
    Ive had this and it took longer than it should have as I was doing the proper exercises in the right order so it developed into a high hamstring tendinopathy.
    Id recommend seeing a professional as soon as you can.
  • Just to clarify I wasn't doing the proper exercises in the correct order
  • ftm42ftm42 ✭✭✭
    I'm doing so many exercises and over the years [now] seen a running physio; osteopath; had an MRI on my spine; now having regular massages and doing the physio/stretches as often as I can.

    I just don't know what to do next, apart from go back to running through the pain for ever.

    I don't 'grade' it and it didn't bruise - it never has. I can't actually put my finger on any incident  that 'caused' it. It just seems to have developed over time until a point where I felt I just had to do something. It just won't go away and no-one seems to be able to get to the bottom of it.

    Today walking into work - only a mile - the 'catch' in my hip is still there and occasionally I have to think about moving my leg forwards carefully. I'm only walking to works FFS. I am so angry and cry a lot in private. I have stopped training with my club as I can no longer keep up; I don't join my social midweek runs any more as I just feel so depressed about it. I have been tail-walking at my local parkrun and am so envious of those of all shapes sizes and styles who are still doing it. I am also marshalling at running events when I can.

    I've been a runner since I was 18 and am now 55 - I miss running so much. I'm sorry to be a moaner :'( but it's making me feel quite lonely and like I'm now heading for a slow painful retirement - and it's just a pulled muscle, surely? What on earth do I do! I blame menopause and taking a desk job, as this all seems to have escalated over the last 3 or 4 years but what can I do.

    I can't talk to anyone about this as my husband is a complete non-exercise and just tells me to get my 'endorphin fix elsewhere' [nudge nudge, bleurgh]. He is completely unsympathetic. Most of my non-running friends don't get it either and now I am losing touch with my running friends, with whom I was never close, but at least I could train 2x a week with them. They are so lovely when I see them at parkrun. I just can't be sociable any more.
  • ftm42ftm42 ✭✭✭
    22m20s - 29m of RunnersConnect podcast is quite pertinent! I stumbled across this.

    Injury = an opportunity to rest your body so you can run better later.

    [just - when?!] 
  • ftm42ftm42 ✭✭✭
    Here we go again. Used couch to 5K programme to start running again from scratch, having taken all of october off. Got to running 5K comfortably.

    Ran 6k on Monday. Felt great - still running about 30secs per km slower than I used to. Taking it nice and easy, listening to music. Really enjoying it.

    Then in last 100 yards I pulled a muscle in my left hip. Limping on monday night.  Thought I'd be ok for this evening's social 5k with my old pals, who I haven't seen for a couple of months whilst I've been building back up

    But the ache is still there so I daren't risk it. I've just turned 56 & feeling quite depressed now. I've been a runner all my life & now I can't even go for a gentle jog out without risking pulling a muscle.

    There's nothing 'wrong' with me. I'm fit and healthy but it feels like I'm becoming less and less relevant. I can't even go for a run to 'get away from it all' any more.

    What's the point of it all?
  • AndyL78AndyL78 ✭✭✭
    Hi, I have only just read your post. How are things going now? 

    I have not had it as bad as you by any stretch but I appreciate how frustrating it can be when things happen. I get one niggle after the other but just stick in there, things will get better.

    have you done much strength work? 
  • TTTT ✭✭✭
    Hi FTM42, sorry I have not picked up on this earlier, I am so sorry to hear you are still not running, you have had a terrible time of it.

    It reads as if you have a hip problem. I am not a medic but I did have a labral tear (well it was shredded according to the consultant) with cam and pincer impingement. Noone could ID what it was until an MRI scan of my hips, which I had to pay for as my GP could not refer me. I was picking up injury after injury, like you, with no understanding as to why.

    I am not saying this is what you have, but it might be worth pushing your GP for an MRI of your hips. 

    Keep going, 2.5 years after surgery I am running, pain, injury and niggle free and aiming for my first marathon this year. 
  • ftm42ftm42 ✭✭✭
    edited January 9
    After all the previous posts, I took another 48 hours 'off' to recover from the hip strain. Continued with the 025K to 5K 3/4 times a week. Then kept going

    I am now able to run 3/4 x a week [never run consecutive days unless I really have to] and am up to a 7.5K weekend long run. I'm hoping to get to running 6-8K 3/4 x weekly, with a 10K at the weekend as a normal training week. That way I can enter a few 10K 'races/fun runs' whenever I want to, without having to train up for them.

    That said, I ran 6K Monday night which was fine. Then got up during the night for a loo visit and my back popped a bit, so i was a bit sore on Tuesday. Ran 5K with my regular group last night and popped my back a bit overnight again! I find at the moment, I do seem to get twinges and pulled muscles for no apparent reason, but I'm putting that down to being menopausal and my body just getting to that stage where it wants to slow down?

    I am now running a good minute per KM slower than I did prior to taking October off. Maybe I'm just at that stage where I have to accept that I'll never be anywhere near as fast as I was, as long as I can still go out and run in the first place.
  • I can absolutely relate to you. I've had a constant dull ache/tight feeling in the front of my right quad for 11 months and I can't shift it. I've tried strengthening exercises as advised by physio, deep tissue massage, acupuncture and rest and nothing has improved it at all. I'm at my wits end and don't know what else to do, so any advice from this thread is helpful for me too.
  • Hi ftm42,
    I'm wary that you've had lots of opinions already, but just a couple of thoughts that might help a little.
    If the muscles are tight or sore, this is either because they are subject to too much strain (ie. gait inefficiencies or over-training) or they are not sufficiently conditioned to cope with strains expected with normal activity.
    If you've tried stretching and rest, you could try strengthening. Things like glute bridges and straight-legged bridges can be helpful, as can deadlifts and nordic curls.
    Stretching is greatly overrated, having not been shown to provide any change in muscle length or reduction in injury risk, but strengthening has loads of benefits.
    You may also find an assessment from a chiropractor aimed at addressing mechanical pelvic issues could be useful. I'm a chiropractor and often find mechanical problems affecting the pelvis when treating persistent hamstring pain.
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