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Can Hamstrings Hurt after a Total Knee Replacement?

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I recently had someone ask me that, and the answer is a definite, resounding “YES!!”  In fact, four months after my surgery, I still need to elevate my leg on a pillow while laying down.  Without doing that, it can be very painful.  It is getting better, however.

If someone does not have painful hamstrings after a total knee replacement, I say they are very lucky.  I’m envious….

BTW: I Just found out about a great exercise for strengthening hamstrings…sit in a chair with feet flat on the floor, pull your hells back toward the chair.  Or, sit in a chair that has wheels (like an office chair) and pull yourself around the room with your weak leg.


6 Responses

  1. I’m 3 weeks post op from an ACL reconstruction and was doing well with my range of movement, balance, and general use of the knee. However, just recently, i was stretching my hamstring out the way my doctor showed me and i felt a sharp pain in the back of the knee and heard a slight click. I’m afraid I might have torn my hamstring as a result of it being very weak after the graft was taken out to repair my ACL. I can nearly touch my toes but there is still a sharp pain when I bend down behind the knee and it feels tight like it will cramp really badly if I go any further (which I am not game enough to try). Anyone know what to do for hamstring tears and how long it will affect me for?

  2. Thanks for commenting about your torn hamstring. Unfortunately, I have no idea about what to do for them, nor how long you will be affected by them.

    Anyone have any suggestions for DG?

    My hamstring wasn’t used for 30 years, so I needed to retrain it.
    Best of luck to you!

  3. By the way, DG…your email address is not valid. I attempted answering you privately.

  4. Oh yeah, my therapist just keeps looking at me like I am not doing my stretches.

  5. Hi everyone, I am also 3 weeks post op of an acl with hamstring graft, and meniscus reattachment. – am experiencing the same thing in my hamstring and back of the knee! I’m very curious to what this is, does anyone know?

  6. Hi Donny,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and posting your concern. Sounds tricky.
    I recommend contacting your medical care provider. We don’t diagnose here.
    Good luck!

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