April 5th, 2006 at 11:39 am Michael “Asked the Doctor
I had a partial tear on my hamstring about 5 weeks ago. I was wondering if this injury could affect the hip. I have a constant pain in my butt when I am sitting. not muscle pain. thanks

Dr. Villines Responds

April 5th, 2006 at 5:30 pm Dr. F. Scott Villines said …

A torn hamstring can certainly affect the biomechanics (joint motion) of the hip. The muscle called the hamstring is made up of three muscles that originate from a part of the hip called the ischial tuberosity. This is directly in the gluteal fold (directly under your butt cheek).

If this is the area of pain, it is probably due to a strain of the upper hamstring as a result of your injury. If your problem has been getting progressively better it is likely just going to take more time for the soft tissue to become stable. (eight to twelve weeks is not uncommon).

My advice is, if the pain has not improved over the last week or two, or has been getting worse you should go get it checked out.

My guess is, that what your describing is more of a joint/biomechanical problem; as soft tissue pain as a rule tends to moderate and improve after a few weeks.

If the pain is originating from a higher area (top of the hip/upper gluteal region) it may well be due to faulty biomechanics of the upper hip joint due to your injury.

It is certainly reasonable to assume that an injury strong enough to tear (even partially) the hamstring, could affect hip and even lower spine biomechanics and therefore be a cause of your pain.

I hope this helps. If you have further questions do not hesitate to call my office. And, if you would like to get a quick evaluation; consultations are always free and I could probably determine in just a couple of minutes if you need treatment or just more time to heal.

Dr. V.