The hamstring syndrome. A new diagnosis of gluteal sciatic pain

Am J Sports Med. 1988 Sep-Oct;16(5):517-21. doi: 10.1177/036354658801600515.


A series of 59 patients was treated and operated on for pain felt over the area of the ischial tuberosity and radiating down the back of the thigh. This condition was labeled as the "hamstring syndrome." Pain was typically incurred by assuming a sitting position, stretching the affected posterior thigh, and running fast. The patients usually had a history of recurrent hamstring "tears." Their symptoms were caused by the tight, tendinous structures of the lateral insertion area of the hamstring muscles to the ischial tuberosity. Upon division of these structures, complete relief was obtained in 52 of the 59 patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Buttocks*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscles / physiology
  • Muscles / surgery*
  • Pain / etiology*
  • Pain / surgery
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Sciatic Nerve / surgery
  • Sciatica / diagnosis*
  • Syndrome
  • Tendons / physiology
  • Tendons / surgery*