Hamstring tendinitis

4 or 5 weeks before my major compeition last season, I ran a 100, mainly just for fun, (I am primarily a 400m runner) however as I finished the race, I felt pain deep inside my right glute. At the time it felt as though the pain was on the bone. Anyway, I ignored the pain and continued on training without much trouble, although there was some slight pain after running shorter sprints. However around 2 weeks before my major competition the pain become much more severe, and was virutally unbearable during any type of running. I saw a physiotherapist who diagnosed me with tendinitis of the hamstring. I took the next 2 weeks off before the competition, where I missed the 200m and 4 x 100, and ran terribly in the 400. Which I figure was partly due to me not running full speed at all for virtually 3 weeks? I have taken the last 3 months off with virtually no exercise, and last saturday I went down to the track and did a few starts and run thru’s. These felt fine at the time, however I woke up the next day with extremely tight hamstrings, and that same pain inside my glute from months ago during certain movements of my right leg. I realised that I could feel the pain when I rotated my right fool inwards and outwards against resistance. I then had a look of a video of a 100m I ran earlier last season. What I noticed was that my feet turn out excessivly when I run, especially during acceleration, and whilst my left foot straigtens up somewhat after the first 10m, my right foot continues to strike the ground at about 45 degree from straight.
What can I do to

  1. correct my foot strike,
  2. get over this injury ?

You need to do active rehab. When you come back also doing starts isn’t going to be a good thing. You should see a trainer or sports doc to get a proper rehab program going. Good luck.

Well, I have been given a referal to a sports physician, who is a specialist in running injuries. Will take it from there.

Im suffering from the same problem but mine is a little more “chronic”
I am about to do ultrasound for it and was wondering if anyone had any experience with it or is a physician.
I have read some stuff on the net which says it works and then some say it soesnt.
My question is:
-will it work?
-does it speed up the recovery process?(if so then does it speed it up alot?)
Thanx alot

I am not a physician, but I am a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer and I deal with these types of modalities almost daily. Yes, ultrasound definitely works for your condition. What sources have you found that says it doesn’t work? I’m curious as to their resoning behind this. Was it giving contraindications, or was it saying that it doesn’t work for anything?

Also, keep in mind that no type of therapy, modality, or drug will “SPEED UP” the healing process. The purpose of using therapeutic methods is to optimize the environment for healing. Everyone’s body heals at it’s own pace and the best that we can do is to reduce the factors that may hinder the healing process.

Did your Ortho prescribe anything other than ultrasound? As an athlete you should be using therapeutic exercise in conjunction with the ultrasound. Well, good luck with the rehab.

An article I read said that with tendonitis, it just gives a temporary relief of the inflamation and is not very effective. I will try to find the article if you want but im short on time.

Yes my ortho prescribed me ultrasound. I am also doing eccentric hamham curls and heavy squats at schools football workouts. Squats do not seem to aggrevate my injury. the main thing is running. it is the tendon attached to my hip bone.i will begin having my ultrasound next week.

I also read an intresting article on the net about a new special kind of treatment.
do PT’s have this or is this something completley new?

The diagnostic ultrasound for imaging that is refered to in those articles is different from the therapeutic ultrsound that your doc prescribed for you. Therapeutic US uses sound waves to give a deep heating effect along with other therapeutic effects within deep tissues.

Also, be cautious of corticosteroid shots. Too many within the same site within a short period of time (especially in tendons) will begin to weaken healthy tissue and predispose you to ruptures. Do some research before opting for this type of therapy. I’m not saying that it should not be done, but make sure that you are educated as to the risks before trying it.

They said that this procedure helped tendonitis alot though. Is this just an experiment or is it something pt’s have everywhere. also, is that all it is, Just a cortisone shot? It said it ruffs up tissue to promote healing?