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46,222 1/22/13 8:49 P
It is very important to receive a diagnosis before attempting any stretching exercises. As I stated earlier, it is really difficult for any of us to know the exact cause and doing any type of stretches or exercises without knowing the cause could be contraindicated for you and could lead to other issues.
I work in physical therapy, I am a physical therapist assistant. From my experience this is what leads to believe that back of the knee pain sounds like the hamstrings could be the culprit. However, whenever one joint is feeling bad, another one can get sore due to compensation. Try some gentle hamstring stretching, nothing extreme, you don't want to further irritate it.One stretch that I like if your hamstrings are tight is sitting up against a wall with your legs straight in front of you. I would try icing it as well, however is this is an old pain you can try heat and then stretching, Also try giving your body some rest from the gym for a few days and see how that goes.
I am by no means an expert but these are a few things that we have done for this particular situation.
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46,222 1/22/13 5:11 P
When it comes to injuries it's best to have an evaluation to determine the cause of the pain. Answering these types of questions are unfortunately outside the advice of what our members and experts can offer because many times the source of pain and discomfort is not the cause.
First off I am 170lbs over weight, 52 and had both hips replaced 9 weeks ago (direct anterior approach). I started working out seriously 3 weeks ago. I added machines gradually and only do them 5 min. at a time (rotating treadmill, recumbent bike, summit, & elliptical for 40 min.). For the elliptical I had trouble mounting it with my left leg strength-wise, found my right leg stronger so for the first time got on that way. Everything was fine until a week after doing this. Now the back of my right leg is so sore especially behind my knee. I don't even want to go to the gym, it's such an effort just to walk to my recliner. Now I don't know if I should push myself to keep moving, if that will help or make things worse. All I want to do is sit in my recliner where I'm pain free. I am watching everything I eat in the meantime but the weight loss is slow with so little activity. The only part of my legs down to my toes that don't hurt are my new hips! Had been going to a PT which is adjacent to my gym. A machine he had me do resulted in a snapping in my IT band. Long story short, going to him seemed to be making me worse. Does this back of knee pain sound like a hamstring issue? Would walking make it better or worse? I need to do something active.
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