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 you know if you have a torn 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 fix a torn hamstring?
Take a break from strenuous activities to allow the injury to heal. Avoid putting your full weight on your injured leg by using a cane or crutches. Apply ice packs several times a day to relieve pain and swelling. Wrap the injured area in a compression bandage or wear compression shorts to reduce swelling.
How painful is a torn hamstring?
Partially torn hamstrings (grade 2) are usually more painful and tender, with swelling and bruising at the back of your thigh and a loss of leg strength. Severe hamstring tears (grade 3) are usually very painful, tender, swollen, and bruised.
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.
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.
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.
Did I pull or tear my hamstring?
Grade 1 hamstring tear or strain symptoms include muscle tightness while stretching, inability to fully straighten your leg from bending to straightening, and inability to bear weight on the affected leg. Grade 2 hamstring tear or strain symptoms include reduced muscular strength, limping when walking, and pain when bending the knee.
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 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.
Can a torn hamstring tendon heal without surgery?
Most hamstring muscle and tendon injuries heal without surgery, and hamstring injury risk can be reduced by following a regular stretching and exercise routine.
Can a Grade 3 hamstring tear heal without surgery?
A u201ctendon avulsion injuryu201d occurs when a tendon is torn from the bone. Although these injuries can heal without surgery, the recovery time can be months.
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.