Two patients with a complete proximal rupture of the hamstring

Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2010 Apr;130(4):523-6. doi: 10.1007/s00402-009-0950-5. Epub 2009 Aug 18.


Two men visited our Emergency Room because of a water-ski-accident. At physical examination, there was hematoma at the upper leg with loss of strength at extension of the hip and flexion of the knee. Both patients had a palpable gap just distal of the ischial tuberosity. Further imaging by sonography and MR-scan showed a rupture of the proximal hamstring tendon. Treatment was operative refixation of the hamstring tendons at the ischial tuberosity. After treatment consisted of brace for 4 weeks after operation. Both patients returned to their pre-operatively sports, though at a lower level. Surgical treatment of a complete proximal rupture of the hamstrings is recommended in case of sportive patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle, Skeletal / injuries*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / surgery*
  • Rupture
  • Skiing / injuries*
  • Thigh