Hamstring Strain Overview
A hamstring strain occurs when one or more of the muscles that allow you to bend your leg at the knee become overloaded and tear. Mild hamstring strains hurt but aren’t usually too bad; severe hamstring strains can be agonizing. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will help with pain and swelling. Stretch and strengthen your hamstrings as a preventative measure.
Can you walk if you have a torn hamstring?
Grade 3: This is a complete tear of one or more hamstring muscles, resulting in pain, inability to fully straighten your leg, and immediate swelling. Walking will be difficult, and crutches may be required.
How do I know if I tore my hamstring?
Symptoms of a torn hamstring
- Sudden, sharp pain.
- Swelling within the first few hours.
- Bruising within the first few days.
- Partial or complete leg weakness.
- Inability to place weight on your leg.
How do you heal a pulled hamstring?
You can speed up the healing process by doing the following:
- Rest your leg.
- Ice your leg to reduce pain and swelling.
- Compress your leg.
- Elevate your leg on a pillow when sitting or lying down.
- Take anti-inflammatory painkillers.
Can I run with a Grade 1 hamstring strain?
The reason it can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months for the same injury is due to a few factors. First, and most obviously, with a Grade 1 tear, runners can continue to run, which they enjoy and tend to do, even when they are in pain, disrupting the healing process and preventing the tear from healing. Second, it can depend on the severity of the tear.
Should I go to ER for hamstring injury?
If you have heavy bruising or discoloration on the back of your leg, swelling, or tenderness, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider.
How long does it take to recover from a torn hamstring?
Mild to moderate (grade 1 or 2) hamstring tears or strains can heal in three to eight weeks with diligent home therapy; however, a grade 3 hamstring tear or strain can take up to three months to heal.
Is it good to stretch a pulled hamstring?
Gentle hamstring stretching aids recovery; aggressive hamstring stretching slows recovery. Hold this position for 3 to 5 seconds, then lower your leg back down.
Is heat good for a pulled hamstring?
Patients should apply ice to the injured hamstring for the first day or so after the injury; after that, they should use a heating pad, which can be applied to the injured area for 20 minutes before doing the exercises.
Can you squat with a pulled hamstring?
Some gentle stretching and mobility techniques for the hamstrings and posterior chain can be beneficial after a hamstring injury; however, gentle mobility should not be a rehab focus until basic movements like lunges, squats, and bridges are pain-free and mobility is seen as a limiting factor.
Will xray show torn hamstring?
An X-ray will reveal whether you have a hamstring tendon avulsion, while an MRI will reveal the severity of the injury. Hamstring strain treatment varies depending on the type of injury and its severity; however, most hamstring strains heal well with nonsurgical treatment.
What exercise is good for a pulled hamstring?
Place your affected leg about a step behind your other leg, bend your front knee, and gently bring your hip and chest toward the wall until you feel a stretch in your back leg’s calf. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds, then repeat 2 to 4 times.
How long does a Grade 2 hamstring strain take to heal?
The length of time it takes to recover and return to sport depends on the nature and severity of the strain; in general, Grade 1 hamstring strains should be avoided for three weeks, and Grade 2 injuries should be avoided for four to eight weeks.
What does a Grade 1 hamstring strain feel like?
Mild hamstring strains (grade 1) cause sudden pain and tenderness in the back of your thigh; moving your leg may be painful, but the muscle’s strength should not be compromised. Partial hamstring tears (grade 2) are more painful and tender.
Does a Grade 1 hamstring strain bruise?
The muscle will often feel tight and tender, and it will cramp or spasm, causing swelling and bruising, as well as making walking difficult.
How do I run again after a pulled hamstring?
Before you get back on the road, see if you can do the following without pain:
- Try the 100 up and 100 up “major” u2013 this is a great introduction to impact and practicing running form.
- Balance on one leg for 30 seconds.
- Perform 15-20 controlled single knee dips.
- Do 20-30 single leg calf raises.