Josh is suffering from a proximal hamstring issue

September 19, 2016


I have been experiencing pain right at the top of my hamstring/inside buttock and my lower back on the left side of my body since April 15.

It’s more severe when sitting down but constantly there. I tend to be walking with a slight limp. It’s also more severe when running (which is a large hobby of mine). Due to time and money constraints I have not had it professionally looked at (except for a couple weeks of physio on the NHS before I had to move to London).

I have done a lot of reading and ‘self-diagnosed’ it as a piriformis syndrome. This is also because when lying flat and relaxed and looking at my feet my left leg (injured one) rolls outward so that my toes are almost touching the ground whereas my right is normal.

Is there anything you could recommend to help this? It’s been really debilitating I use to be a really keen exerciser but feel I can’t do anything anymore. Do you think your clinic could help? I have recently enrolled onto a cashplan through my work but I have a very limited amount to spend so desperate to find a clinic that can help me.



September 19, 2016

Hi Josh

Not sure this sounds like Piriformis syndrome but more like a proximal hamstring issue – which gets trickier with greater chronicity.

There’s a lot of stuff going on up there – hamstring attachment, bone, tendon, bursa (like a fat pad) and the sciatic nerve.

The sitting on it may be a key, but the rolling out leg bit when lying could be coincidental.

I think you’d need someone to have a good look at you to confirm what’s up and why – shouldn’t be too tricky.

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