Hamstring strains are both common and painful. They strike athletes of all sorts -- including runners, skaters, football and basketball players. During a hamstring strain, one or more of these muscles gets overloaded. The muscles might even start to tear. Hamstring strain is more common during activities that involve a lot of running and jumping or sudden stopping and starting. The possible symptoms of a hamstring strain are:
• Sudden and severe pain during exercise, along with a snapping or popping feeling
• Pain in the back of the thigh and lower buttock when walking, straightening the leg or bending over
HOW IS HAMSTRING STRAIN DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done by a general physician who would examine your hamstring and leg area. He/ she could then ask for an X-ray to check if there is any tear in the ligament too.
HOW IS HAMSTRING STRAIN TREATED?
The initial treatment for hamstring strain is to provide relief from pain through medication and external treatments like warm or cold compress application. You need to rest well and avoid putting weight on the leg for faster healing. In cases where the muscle has pulled away from its position, Orthopedicians may reattach it reattach surgery. Post surgical physiotherapy may be needed for better healing.
DID YOU KNOW?
For immediate relief from hamstring strain – RICE (Rest, Ice, compression and elevation)
Technique must be followed.