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Can tight hamstrings cause sciatica without any involvement of the piriformis muscle? (pain in the upper part of my leg after sitting over 3 hours)

Can tight hamstrings cause sciatica without any involvement of the piriformis muscle? (pain in the upper part of my leg after sitting over 3 hours)

Opposite: It is actually more likely the. Other way around. Chronic "sciatica" will cause a person to lean forward and not fully straighten out at the hip and knee which can potentially lead to hip flexor and knee flex ion (hamstring) contractures; not typically the other way around. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms in lower back with pulling sensation and sciatica type pain in legs, no disks problems but really tight hamstrings could this be the caus?

Muscle spasms in lower back with pulling sensation and sciatica type pain in legs, no disks problems but really tight hamstrings could this be the caus?

Causes of sciatica: There are causes for sciatica besides disc problems. Hypertrophied muscle or spasm can push on the sciatic nerve causing pain to radiate down leg. The muscle can be in the lower back or pelvis. Since it appears that there is no serious structural problem, then physical therapy is the best way to get muscles and ligaments to relax and stretch and reduce pressure on sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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Can extremely tight hamstrings cause postural problems?

Can extremely tight hamstrings cause postural problems?

Absolutely: Men more so than women suffer from tight hamstrings. Low back, hip and knee pain can result from this condition. Shortened stride will also occur. Stretching can usually help along with a well-rounded fitness program. ...Read more

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What would cause tight hamstrings, painful flutes and lower back when bending? Not from a physical activity.

What would cause tight hamstrings, painful flutes and lower back when bending? Not from a physical activity.

These symptoms sou--: Nd typical of inactivity for a long time. You need to start moving and do some bending/extending of the back/ /hips/knees. Start slow ; gradually build up the reps/frequency, so to develop muscles ; get them loose (limbered) so when you do these activities, they are not so painful or tight.
Muscle relaxers may also help, but I believe the exercises to stretch ; strengthen will help more.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes tight hamstrings?

What causes tight hamstrings?

Inactivity.: Being inactive and lack of stretching will cause the tightness. ...Read more

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Have had tight hamstrings and inner thighs all my life stretching helps very minimally. Any causes treatments suggestions etc...?

Have had tight hamstrings and inner thighs all my life stretching helps very minimally. Any causes treatments suggestions etc...?

This is most likely-: -genetics B-ing present @ Ur age. The only thing that U can do is stretching every day 2-3ttimes a day. It should not B forceful but gentle. U can also vary the way U sit, especially on a couch. Sit with 1 leg on the couch & lean forward towards Ur toes & then switch 2 the other leg. These tips may help U but it it is a slow process. @ Ur age U get board & don't keep @ it. Give it a try. ...Read more

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Can tight hamstrings cause varicose veins?

Can tight hamstrings cause varicose veins?

Nope: Tight hamstrings can lead to leg or back pain, and increase the risk for sports injuries but they have no effect on varicose veins.
Varicose veins are related to incompetent valves allowing blood to reflux and not empty in the veins. ...Read more

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I have mild spondylolistheia in l5-s1. Could this cause pins and needles in legs, tight hamstrings?

I have mild spondylolistheia in l5-s1. Could this cause pins and needles in legs, tight hamstrings?

Mild: If this is mild, then it wouldn't be suggestive, but it all depends on the definition. Presumably a MD ordered this scan, so you should go over the results in detail with them in order to determine if this is the source of the issue. ...Read more

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I am almost 2 years post op 2 level lumbar fusion. Low back pain has improved but still having issues with back muscle tightness/muscle fatigue. Exercise regularly, weights, walking, yoga. Advice?

I am almost 2 years post op 2 level lumbar fusion. Low back pain has improved but still having issues with back muscle tightness/muscle fatigue. Exercise regularly, weights, walking, yoga. Advice?

Everything Right: It sounds like you are doing everything right. Surgery is traumatic to the spine and muscular tissue. There can be irreparable damage as as result. Overall, it sounds like surgery was a success because you have an active lifestyle. I would recommend a short course of physical therapy so they can discuss your goals and deficits you have. You may be doing the wrong exercises. Discuss with doc. ...Read more

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Can tight hamstrings be weak or strong?

Can tight hamstrings be weak or strong?

Weak: If your hamstrings are tight and restricted it will effect the overall strength and endurance of the muscle. Contracted & restricted muscle and tendon groups are not as efficient with contraction and relaxation which influences the strength of the muscle. It also lends to potential micro trauma and injury secondary to imbalances in the overall biomechanics of the muscle group. ...Read more

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What do you think about the technique of dry needling for tight hamstrings? Is it safe and effective? Who is best to see for this?? 5k10/15-my 1st.

What do you think about the technique of dry needling for tight hamstrings? Is it safe and effective? Who is best to see for this?? 5k10/15-my 1st.

Typically safe: Dry needling is a technique typically very safe in the hands of an experienced clinician, often a physical therapist or chiropractor. There are many theories regarding how it can work. Although damage is very rare, some patients do have more pain and soreness for a couple of days after needling. If I can be of help, then join my care team & virtual practice at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Tight hamstrings/lower back problems. Any advice/suggestions on how to deal with this?

Tight hamstrings/lower back problems. Any advice/suggestions on how to deal with this?

Depends: First, you need a regular exercise routine. You can try core stabilization exercises like pilates & yoga along with other flexibility routines & cariovascular conditioning as well as proper weight & avoidance of smoking. Good sleep habits on a good mattress helps & maintaining good bone density. If pain persists, get checked. ...Read more

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What are some solutions for tight hamstrings, quads, and Achilles tendon?

What are some solutions for tight hamstrings, quads, and Achilles tendon?

Eccentric exercises: The best solution for tight hamstrings and Achilles are stretching and eccentric exercises. Eccentric exercises load and strengthen muscle as a muscle lengthens versus when it shortens. For the hamstring my favorite is the nordic exercise. For the Achilles my favorite is reverse toe raises (heel drops) on an elevated surface such as a stair or step. ...Read more

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Behind my knees, bottom of my butt, and lrgs all together hurt and feel weak. My hips too. Dr says its tight hamstrings but he didn't do any tests.?

Behind my knees, bottom of my butt, and lrgs all together hurt and feel weak. My hips too. Dr says its tight hamstrings but he didn't do any tests.?

Sounds reasonable: The symptoms alone suggest that the hamstrings are tight. Physical therapy, not just walking, wold be the way, to go. Ask your doctor for a referral. However, if you don't improve, other possible cause such as tendinitis or arthritis need to be considered. ...Read more

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Tight hamstrings & bilat shooting pain dwn thighs x4months. Runner. Previously flexible. Have ctd. Md quickly dx'd me w/hamstring pull. Referred me to pt?

Hamstrings: Trial of pt and non steroidal anti inflammatory agents would be of help for hamstring pull along with rest and gradual increase in exercise and stretching. Consider further work up if no response. ...Read more

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Leg cramps (usually calf), pulled groin, pulled quad, tight hamstrings all occurring recently. Function of my age & fact that I run a lot, or worse?

Leg cramps (usually calf), pulled groin, pulled quad, tight hamstrings all occurring recently. Function of my age & fact that I run a lot, or worse?

Sounds like: You could use some training advice but start out with a consultation with a Board Certified PHYSIATRIST (Muscle/Skeletal specialist!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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told I have weak abs/tight hamstrings and this is causing my one sided SI joint pain, and nerve pain down leg hurts more @ night. Is this possible?

Unlikely: I find that explanation very unlikely. IMO, SI joint pain is a very overused explanation as a cause for low back pain. SI joint issue will not give you radicular symptoms or pain down the leg. ...Read more

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I have really tight hamstrings so been streaching lots and lots can this lead to unsable hip joint now hearing bone noises when moving leg sometimes?

I have really tight hamstrings so been streaching lots and lots can this lead to unsable hip joint now hearing bone noises when moving leg sometimes?

Seek Ortho eval: A thorough hip exam by a physician specializing in hip problems can help discern whether your sympts are from your hip (snapping psoas tendon, labral or cartilage tear). An mrag (mr arrhrogram) may be indicated. ...Read more

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Could sciatica cause transient cramping in left hamstring, 10 seconds of painful clenching, then relaxing. Has recurred every few minutes for 3 days?

Sciatica.: The term "sciatica" implies compression of a nerve, and that compression can transmit to the muscles with symptoms of pain, spasms, weakness or twitching. So your symptom could be consistent with sciatica. ...Read more

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I'm 24 m, I had midfoot fracture 2 months back, I had tight elastic cast to my foot fr 5 wks, after that suddenly I got sciatica. Does tight cast caused?

I'm 24 m, I had midfoot fracture 2 months back, I had tight elastic cast to my foot fr 5 wks, after that suddenly I got sciatica. Does tight cast caused?

Possibly: Sciatica typically is pain originating in the spine or buttock region and radiating down the leg. Typically if the pain you describe is around the cast in the foot then it could be the cast was too tight and caused a local compression of nerves in the foot. If the pain radiates all the way up the leg, then it could be that altered walking pattern could have aggravated a spine issue. ...Read more

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What would you suggest for tight muscles caused by tension...and I also have a herniated disc at L5 S1 and suffer with sciatica. Neck position for sle?

What would you suggest for tight muscles caused by tension...and I also have a herniated disc at L5 S1 and suffer with sciatica. Neck position for sle?

Muscle tension: If you wish to avoid taking muscle relaxants like flexeril or robaxin, (methocarbamol) consider stress management therapy. Wearing a soft cervical collar off and on takes pressure of the neck. For sciatic pain which is chronic, epidural corticosteroid injections and/or surgery may be needed and follow up with a neurosurgeon is advisable. ...Read more

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Does sciatica nerve cause pain on lower leg?

Does sciatica nerve cause pain on lower leg?

Symptom Vs Cause: Sciatica is the symptom of leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg. The nerve then goes to the muscle which can then hurt, spasm or feel sore or irritated. ...Read more

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Injury prone (hamstrings): could food intolerance cause my muscular injuries and overall tightness in that area?

Injury prone (hamstrings): could food intolerance cause my muscular injuries and overall tightness in that area?

Not likely: It is more probable that dehydration or electrolyte deficiency is the problem. There are also medications, like statins and some antibiotics, that can set you up for muscle and tendon injuries. ...Read more

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I keep reading that lt exercise and stretching are good for sciatica leg pain, but what if that just causes more pain? I'm in bed when I'm not at work

I keep reading that lt exercise and stretching are good for sciatica leg pain, but what if that just causes more pain? I'm in bed when I'm not at work

Should be evaluated: If back and leg pain persist despite exercise and rest, it likely reflects a more significant problem causing nerve compression and should be more thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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How does one do a hamstring strecth? Would a tight hamstring cause your knee to slip out of place?

How does one do a hamstring strecth? Would a tight hamstring cause your knee to slip out of place?

Many ways/No: Use theraband or rope lying on your back, or sit on floor with 1 leg out. Will not make knee go out of place. ...Read more

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I stretch really well and warm up right, but my hamstring feels tight. What could it be? What caused it? How can I overcome it?

I stretch really well and warm up right, but my hamstring feels tight. What could it be? What caused it? How can I overcome it?

Partial tear?: A hamstring muscle or tendon that is partially torn or strained often feels tight. Also, nerve pain from the buttocks or low back can give you a sense of hamstring tightness. I would consider consulting with a sport med physician and/or a physical therapist for a more detailed eval to give you more answers and solutions. ...Read more

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Can sciatica cause my whole leg to swell. I am being treated for sciatica for a couple of years now. But I have never had my whole leg swell.

Can sciatica cause my whole leg to swell. I am being treated for sciatica for a couple of years now. But I have never had my whole leg swell.

Not typical: Sciatica typically does not cause the whole like to see well. Swelling in the lower leg can happen if there is weakness and the muscles are not pumping blood back to the heart. In your situation, if it is truly the entire leg that is swelling, I would be concerned about a vascular problem and have this evaluated right away. An ultrasound of the leg would be the most prudent first step. ...Read more

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My hamstrings are always tight no matter how much I stretch. What is the cause and how do I fix it?

My hamstrings are always tight no matter how much I stretch. What is the cause and how do I fix it?

Tough issue: See an orthopedist or sports medicine specialist and discuss with them. You may have an orthopedic issue that needs addressing. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

Herniation with Tear: The disc is like a jelly filled donut. If the donut is compressed too much the jelly leaks out through a break in the donut's bread. The same is true with a disc, the tear is caused by the compression resulting in a herniation (protrusion) and the jelly (inside portion of the disc) is either leaking out or trying to get out. This can result in chemical inflammation of the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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Small random bruise on my leg. Also get random twinges of pain by the bruise. Didn't do anything to cause it. Can it be sciatica related?

Small random bruise on my leg. Also get random twinges of pain by the bruise. Didn't do anything to cause it. Can it be sciatica related?

Probably not: Sciatica does not cause any locally visible changes since the actual source of the leg pain is from a pinching of the nerve at the level of the back or when it passes through the pelvis. ...Read more

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Would sciatica cause tingling and no feeling in one leg very suddenly? Also have a large swelling on the base of my back either side of my spine.

Absolutely: This certainly could be sciatica so you should get it checked out straightaway as you have an excellent health care system that lets you get treated easily. A pinched nerve which provides muscles w/the info to move can cause tingling & numbness as you describe. The swelling should also be evaluated by a spine specialist. Imaging, Meds & PT are likely to be used to help you feel better. Keep us posted. ...Read more

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Most of the time I have a pain in the upper part, where leg joins groin, of my hamstring. It feels like a tight, pulling, deep ache. Cause?

Most of the time I have a pain in the upper part, where leg joins groin, of my hamstring. It feels like a tight, pulling, deep ache. Cause?

You may be right: Your hamstring could be tight and trying to strain. Stop exercise and rest it for a few days with only gentle stretching. Applied heat may help losen it up a bit.Advil (ibuprofen) could help any pain or inflamation. After this, gently resume activity, listen to your body, and if recurs, go in to your Doc to check this out. ...Read more

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Tailbone pain left side lump feeling/tightness in back of thigh with occasional pain and lump near hamstring what can be the cause? Had baby12weeksago

Tailbone pain left side lump feeling/tightness in back of thigh with occasional pain and lump near hamstring what can be the cause? Had baby12weeksago

Rule out blood clot: Back pain is common after pregnancy with usual causes like sciatica, herniated discs, pyriformis syndrome. But a lump may also be a superficial or deep blood clot. Please see your doctor asap as clots are common after pregnancy ...Read more

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When doing hamstring stretches (hamstrings very very tight) and I hold the stretch I get a weird fuzzy pulsating feeling in my feet. What causes this?

When doing hamstring stretches (hamstrings very very tight) and I hold the stretch I get a weird fuzzy pulsating feeling in my feet. What causes this?

Pulsate=circulation: Depending on how you are doing these, keep in mind, there is a large vein and artery behind the knee in the indent under the knee (popliteal fossa) this could be compressing and opening the artery and vein. Pulsations describe the flow of circulation with every heartbeat. The best type of stretches for the hamstrings are passive. If you notice it in the heel, it may be the achilles. ...Read more

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Can facet arthropaty cause sciatica and walking problem/limpness and pain in the leg/ for months?

Can facet arthropaty cause sciatica and walking problem/limpness and pain in the leg/ for months?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. If the arthropathy is great enough you may have sciatica like symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Can sciatica cause cramp pain in thigh, butt and leg when standing up or sitting and straighten my back up goes away after few seconds?

Can sciatica cause cramp pain in thigh, butt and leg when standing up or sitting and straighten my back up goes away after few seconds?

Yes: Herniated disks that are cause of sciatica pain typically get worse with sitting, bending at the waist, and definitely worse with bending/twisting and raising a heavy object. Try avoiding these positions/activities initially. Typically most herniated disk pain improves on its own by 3-6 weeks. If still bothering you then I recommend seeing your doctor for further imaging. ...Read more

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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more