Everything You Need to Know About Hamstring Strains
April 12th, 2018 by Synergy
A hamstring strain, also known as pulled hamstring, is one of the most common injuries associated with athletic activity. Although they often occur in athletes, a hamstring strain can happen to anyone who is physically active. A hamstring is a grouping of three muscles that run along the back of your thigh. They allow the legs to bend at the knee. During a hamstring strain, one or more of these muscles are stretched beyond their capacity or are challenged with a sudden burst of movement.
Hamstring strains occur frequently during sports and activities that require sprinting like track, soccer, football, and water sports. They can also result from awkward or incorrect stretching. Depending on their severity, a hamstring strain can be a pull, a partial tear, or a complete tear. A grade 1 hamstring strain is the mildest and can usually be healed simply. A grade 3 hamstring strain is a full thickness tear, which can be complete or half the muscle, that will require significant time for recovery. In the most severe cases, the tendon can tear completely away from the bone.
The symptoms you experience during a hamstring strain will depend on the severity of your strain. Grade 1 hamstring strains may not hurt too much, whereas grade 3 strains can be agonizing, making walking or standing nearly impossible. Other notable hamstring strain symptoms include a snapping or popping sensation in the hamstring area, pain in the thigh or lower buttock area when walking or bending, as well as tenderness or bruising around the hamstrings.
Preventing a hamstring strain can be easier than fully healing from one. We recommend following these tips to help reduce your chances of developing a hamstring strain:
- • Always warm up properly before any intense athletic activity like running or playing sports.
- • Perform static stretching after (instead of before) your workout to avoid overextending the hamstring muscles.
- • Gradually increase the intensity of your physical activity to prevent potentially harmful overexertion.
- • Stop exercising immediately if you begin to feel pain in your hamstring area.
If you do experience a hamstring strain, the professionals at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ can help. We will begin with a full diagnostic exam to find the root cause of your pain and then help develop a personalized treatment plan for your specific needs that will help get you back on your feet and feeling better than ever. For more information or to schedule an in-person consultation, please contact Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ today or follow us on social media.