Hamstring Muscle Injuries

Hamstring muscle injuries — such as a “pulled hamstring” — occur frequently in athletes who participate in sports that require sprinting.

The hamstring muscles run down the back of the thigh and cross the knee and hip joints.

They extend the hip and bend the knee.

Muscle overload is the main cause of hamstring muscle strain. This can happen when the muscle is stretched beyond its capacity or challenged with a sudden load.

Risk factors include:
Muscle tightness.
Muscle imbalance.
Poor conditioning.
Muscle fatigue.

Treatment of hamstring strains will vary depending on the type of injury and its severity.

The goal of any treatment, usually nonsurgical, is to help the athlete return to sports without residual pain or weakness.

Most hamstring strains heal very well with simple, nonsurgical treatment, including Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation

Once the initial pain and swelling has settled down, physical therapy can begin.

The therapy program focuses first on flexibility. Gentle stretches will improve range of motion. As healing progresses, strengthening exercises will gradually be added to the program. Your doctor will discuss with you when it is safe to return to sports activity.

For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic doctors. Better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM and Saturdays at 7 AM on Team 1010 KXPS or team1010.com.

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