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    Hamstring tear

    I have a tear in my right hamstring from doing deadllifts last Thursday. My question is how long before I can deadlift again and what kind of rehab do I need to do? When will I know if is safe to deadlift again?

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    Did you see a doctor?
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    I did see my family doctor but he didn't give me any time frame for healing.

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    Mri? Full of blood?
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    No MRI yet, but the leg is swelling and black and blue.
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    Keep it mobile. Dont let it tighten up. Consider an MRI. If it really is torn up you need to know so that you can correct it efficiently. Stretch it daily then give some ligth squat and pulls with just the bar after a full week after the brusing and swelling leaves. Start small and go from there.
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    Thanks Scott, feeling a little better today.

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    So it has been about one month since I tore my hamstring and need some help with rehab. The MRI shows that I tore a 3cm part of a hamstring from the bone. The major swelling and pain is gone but not sure where to take it from here. The Dr. said I could do reps but not with heavy weight. What is a heavy weight to a DR.? I would say 200 pounds is heavy to a Dr. but not sure. A Dr. has no idea what a powerlifter does in the gym. I'm by no means a top class lifter but I can do over 10 reps with around 440 pounds in the deadlift and squat. Who has had this injury before and what did you do for rehab?

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    Start really light - maybe 135 for the deads or less and see how it feels. Do sets of 20. Gradually work you way back up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason View Post
    Start really light - maybe 135 for the deads or less and see how it feels. Do sets of 20. Gradually work you way back up.
    Thanks Chris for the info. How long if ever will it take to be back 100%? I pull standard one week then sumo the next, should that make a difference? I'm just concerned that it will tear again or not heal correctly.

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    you'll most certainly recover--- i tore mine last year--- laid around for 3 weeks, then went on vacation to jamaica, came back and chilled some more, and was back to somewhat heavy lifting in 3 months. After about 6 months I was 100%
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason View Post
    Start really light - maybe 135 for the deads or less and see how it feels. Do sets of 20. Gradually work you way back up.
    Thanks Chris, I will give 135 X 20 a try this week and see how it goes. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyEyesPat View Post
    you'll most certainly recover--- i tore mine last year--- laid around for 3 weeks, then went on vacation to jamaica, came back and chilled some more, and was back to somewhat heavy lifting in 3 months. After about 6 months I was 100%
    I hope you are right about the recovery, I can't wait to start pulling and squatting again after six weeks off from work and from lifting. Have you ever had any other problems with the hamstring after your tear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerm64 View Post
    I hope you are right about the recovery, I can't wait to start pulling and squatting again after six weeks off from work and from lifting. Have you ever had any other problems with the hamstring after your tear?
    well.... i was pretty imbalanced for awhile, but other than that... no. I did some PT but it was very basic, and I just continued the movements at home. One pretty good one was that I'd stand on the leg (one foot) and reach down and pick up things from the ground. That helped initially with ROM. I also did a lot of very very light high repetition work once I was mobile again.
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