Hamstring Pull, Strain, or Tear

The hamstring consists of three muscles that run down the back of the leg from the pelvis to the lower leg bones — the biceps femoris, semitendinosus, and semimembranosus. Hamstring injuries can range from minor strains to a total rupture of the muscle. Hamstring pulls are caused by excessive stretching of these muscles resulting in a sudden, sharp pain in the back of the thigh. Following such an injury the knee may not be able to extend beyond 30-40 degrees without pain.

Treatment: Treat the injury following the R.I.C.E. regimen. Anti-inflammatories can be used to reduce pain and inflammation. Once swelling and pain subsides, a stretching program can be initiated. The injured muscle should ultimately be rehabilitated through a strengthening program to prevent re-injury.

Pulled hamstrings can best be avoided via proper stretching/warm ups, as well as post-workout stretching. In the case of a severe injury, seek the opinion of a trained medical professional.

Alphabetical Index:

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Concussion
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis, Little League Elbow)
  • Groin Pull, Strain, or Tear
  • Hamstring Pull, Strain, or Tear
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

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    » Plantar Fasciitis
    » Runner’s Knee (Chondromalacia Patellae)
    » Shin Splints
    » Sprained Ankle
    » Torn Rotator Cuff