Hamstring Injury

Monday, May 11, 2015

A hamstring injury is a common leg injury that can be very painful. Dr. Edward Hill discusses hamstring injuries and treatment for them in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A hamstring injury occurs when you strain or pull one of your hamstring muscles the group of three muscles that run along the back of your thigh.

You may be more likely to get a hamstring injury if you play soccer, basketball, football, tennis or a similar sport that involves sprinting with sudden stops and starts.

A hamstring injury typically causes a sudden, sharp pain in the back of your thigh. You might also feel a popping or tearing sensation. Swelling and tenderness usually develop within a few hours. You may also experience bruising or discoloration along the back of your leg.

Mild hamstring strains can be treated at home. Self-care measures such as rest, ice and over-the-counter pain medications are often all you need to relieve the pain and swelling associated with a hamstring injury. But you should see a doctor if you cant bear any weight on your injured leg. Rarely, surgery may be needed to repair a torn muscle.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.