Tight hamstring following hip replacement

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    Brian Springthorpe

    I had a right hip replacement nearly 2 years ago, (19 December 2013).

    It has taken quite a while to get going again due to other problems but I feel as though I want to start playing a bit of golf again.

    Initially there was no post op physiotherapy scheduled to me, they just told me to keep it moving by walking. I found that I was experiencing a tightness in my hamstring which I reported on my first annual review and the consultant referred me for physio which I had to wait nearly 7 months for.

    I have several sessions with advice to do specific stretching exercises which I have followed. I still experience pain in my right leg because of the tightness that won’t go away.

    I am now getting pain in my right knee joint which I feel may be as a result of referred effects from the hamstring.

    It is severely affecting my mobility as regards walking, particularly if there is any sort of gradient – up or down!

    Is this a common thing or is it just me? Am I expecting too much?

    Is there anything else I can do to alleviate my pain?

    I have always been very active. I love walking, (with my boots and rucksack) and my golf is my passion. It will destroy me if I can’t continue with these interests.

    Jan Sadler

    Hi Brian
    Have you seen a qualified sports therapist? They are sometimes even better than physiotherapists. If you’re interested, ask around your local gyms or swimming pools to see who has one.

    Other than this, you could look at your activities to see if it’s one of them that is causing the problem. If you’ve started playing golf it could be the twisting combined with extra walking that’s aggravating the knee.

    You could also speak to your GP or physio about this and maybe ask the GP if they would investigate the knee problem for you, Xray, etc.

    Don’t give up on your aims to keep active but think carefully about how the golf affects your body.

    Brian Springthorpe

    Its not the golf!

    I have only just started back after a nearly 3 year layoff (due to a) the op and b) having to care for my 90 year old mother).

    I have had the problem for nearly as long as I have had the new hip.

    I’ve seen a private sports physio but she just gave me stretches the same as the NHS later.

    I have a lot of crepitus in the right knee and fear more arthritis is the cause.

    The specialists tell me to keep it moving which I do but I fatigue easily.

    I’m still operating and surviving on pain killers.


    Hi Brian,

    So sorry that you’re in pain.

    Have you had any xrays or scans on your knee? That might be a good idea.

    And yes, I too think that a pain clinic might be a good idea. Have a chat with your gp and get and get a referral.

    I had a hip replacement 4 months ago and was only given one physio session. I’ve had problems since, and just wish I’d been given more exercises after the op.

    All the best, Annie x

    Brian Springthorpe

    I have been with a NHS pain clinic for other issues. Trouble is in North Wales with the Betsi Cadwalader Trust you are looking at forever for a referral. Absolute waste of time. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was one of the services that they will end up cutting back on.

    This tight hamstring business it seems is quite common. Maybe I need to back to the consultant.

    As for the knee – well we’ll have to see. I could do with losing a few pounds which might help. Trouble is when you are suffering with immobility, you end up piling on weight which doesn’t help.

    Vicious circles hey!


    I have exactly the same, two year after total hip replacement. I contacted the surgeon who did my right hip, he sent me to my GP saying that most likely it had nothing to do with my hips. I have not talked to my GP yet but I have a hard time believing that it is not related to my hips. Like you, I am an avid walker – former hiker, and I can’t imagine my life without it. The positive side is that, even with my hamstrings pain I am able to still go on my 4-5 miles walks. When it gets really bad, I take an Advil pill.

    Brian Springthorpe

    I went to physio. It seemed to help a bit, moving it regularly I mean.

    Trouble is I’m now in a worse position or I have been depending how you look at it.

    On 15 June, I went into LH&CH Liverpool on a day case for what I thought was going to be a quick procedure installing a stent into an coronary artery. It turned out complicated and they nicked the artery and found clots. I was taken to recovery with no hope of going home, (80 miles away), that day.

    I went into AF and nearly died. I was rushed back to the Cath Lab and I had a balloon pump inserted into my heart via my groin to help my weakened heart out.

    I spent a week on CCU waiting for the blood thinning drugs I’d had to take in preparation for the stent to dissipate, so that I could have a bypass operation.

    This happened 21 June. Originally I it was proposed I have a single bypass. The stent was proposed as an alternative. It turned out I needed a triple bypass.

    Evidently, (I can’t remember), when I was coming round in POCCU, I was asked my pain level on a scale of 1 to 10. I was shouting 1000, kill me!

    I spent two, maybe three days in POCCU. I was then moved to a ward where I recovered well enough to be sent home on 28 June.

    I am now sitting around quite immobile, which is not helping my hip.

    Trouble is with prosthetics there aren’t any nerves in ’em, so they never feel part of you. So although there’s no feeling in the joint, if there’s any discomfort, it is referred discomfort from somewhere else.

    I am lucky I’m alive, but sometimes I still feel that it never ever rains, it only pours!

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