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Tight hamstrings and calfs after discetomy

I am 6 weeks post op of a discetomy and I am finding my hamstrings and calfs to be really tight, has anyone experienced this?


  • Yes, you may experience tight hamstrings and calf muscles post op. You can alleviate them by some simple stretches while sitting in your chair and sometimes topical muscle creams also help to ease some of the tightness.
    If that doesn't help your doctor may order some muscle relaxers to help.
  • YES! I had a microdiscectomy almost 8 weeks ago and my calf, hamstrings and glutes are SUPER tight on the side that was affected by the sciatic pain. I am stretching 3 x a day, and going for weekly massages to try to get the knots to dissipate. On a bad day I take a muscle relaxer at night to help.
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    I am nearly 6 months post op on L5S1 microdisectomy and I been told to do these hamstring stretches and I think it is helping, still very tight and sore my calves
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    and it is so very important to do the approved stretches to prevent that condition from worsening.

    I am the product of not doing the proper stretches for my hamstrings or calves. I should have started that way back right after my first lumbar surgery in 1978. Instead, I know deal with hamstrings that do not move and calves that will cramp up if I look at them in the wrong way.

    That alone has been the cause of many 'additional' problems I have had over the years. In fact right now, I am dealing with an inflamed Achilles tendon because of a stretch I did when I shouldn't have.

    My personal belief is that if you have hamstrings that are flexible and calves that are the same, you can avoid other flareups

    If not, I should youtube myself when I have a calf cramp in the middle of the night. I try to jump out of bed, but then my hamstring starts to cramp up, so I wind up trying to rub everything away. Not a pretty sight (now me jumping out of bed by itself is NOT a pretty site)
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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