Specialist expertise: Sports Injuries, Sports Medicine, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Orthopaedics, Carpal Tunnel, Trigger Finger, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine.
The acute muscle injury, a “pulled” hamstring, usually results in a sudden popping or snapping sensation, often associated with an inability to continue playing or running. Readers might recall Derek Redmond at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, hobbling the final part of his 400m semi-final following a hamstring tear.
Hamstring injury is sometimes associated with bruising and swelling into the back of the thigh and knee, indicating a more serious muscle tear injury. Pain is felt either high up in the buttock at the sitting bone, in the middle of the hamstring muscle, or lower down at the attachment just below the back of the knee.
In teenagers and younger individuals it is also important to consider the possibility that the mature muscle and tendon may have pulled off or ‘avulsed’ a fragment of immature bone at the high hamstring which requires more rapid assessment and early investigation. Sitting bone pain in a young person following a sudden hamstring injury therefore warrants an early medical assessment, i.e. within the first few days to a week.