Double Hamstring Pulls
Yes, I'm an idiot. I pulled both hamstrings at the same time playing softball yesterday (Friday).
They are both really sore, I can't even squat down without it feeling like knives in both hamstrings. I've been doing the RICE thing for 24 hours, but they still hurt like hell.
I read up on the situation, seems like "Stage 2" tears in both, since "Stage 1" should only hurt when I put a lot of pressure on them. I can't even get out of a chair unless it has arms to push on.
Anyone have a guess as to how long I'll be off the mountain bike? I read everything from 3 weeks to SIX MONTHS. You have to be kidding me.
I can't even call the doc until Monday; I'll get into the doc ASAP, but around here that might be late in the week or even next week. I'm guessing they'll just ask a few questions and prescribe PT.
I also, couple years ago, pulled both hamstrings. Seems similar to yourself and took 3-4weeks to get rolling, running again. Do yourself a favor and do not push it, it will just make it worse. However, you may be able to ride in week or 2.
Thanks 1362. I went to the doc this week and it was exactly what I feared - double Grade 2 hamstring tears. I had severe swelling and bruising from the internal bleeding on both sides.
Originally Posted by 1362
They said it was good that I had iced it for the first four days until I saw them. They said to alternate heat and ice for another week until I start PT, and let the PT decide from there. I am most likely completely off of any kind of bike riding for the first three weeks, then low gear easy road riding for another 2-3 weeks. In other words, I am going to miss the best six weeks of the MTB season in Colorado.
I have injured my hamstrings many times. It takes a much longer for hamstrings to heal completely compared to most muscles. I can't tell you how many times I thought it was healed and got active too early only to re-injur it and start all over again.
I would say given the severity of your injuries you are looking at up to 3 months before you are close to 100%.
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