Can I Run With a Sore Hamstring

This is a question I am often asked when dealing with hamstring injuries. My typical answer is, “it depends”.  Some of the questions I ask are as follows

  1. Was there a particular incident that led to a pain in your hamstring?
  2. Is it something that gradually came on over time?
  3. Do you have a history of hamstring injuries?
  4. Does the pain go down the leg?
  5. Describe what the pain feels like? Is it a sharp shooting electric like pain?
  6. Have you any numbness, tingling, pins and needles?
  7. Are there any associated issues that might relate to it?
  8. How is your general health?
  9. How is your bladder and bowel movements?
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Case Study – Calf Tear

Introduction & Anatomy

A calf tear is a common injury among the sporting population. The calf muscle that comes to mind at its mention, is the Gastrocnemius muscle. Gastrocnemius is the prime plantar flexor (standing on your tippy toes) of the foot. However it isn’t the only muscle that’s makes up the calf. The Sloeus, Plantaris and Tibialis Posterior muscles underlies it and all have a role in plantar flexion of the foot. Calf tears predominantly occur through ballistic activities such as sprinting and jumping. The musculotendinous junction is a prime place for tears to occur, however not the only one.

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