In this video Dr. Alfie Sundqvist explains the anatomy and symptoms of hamstring injuries. He explains the difference between traditional treatment and Airrosti’s targeted approach. By targeting pain directly at the source, Airrosti eliminates nagging pain in an average of just three visits. Learn more about Airrosti’s approach to achieving consistent and remarkable results.
The hamstring and quad muscles are responsible for a majority of the power used in moving the lower body. However, these muscles are subject to strains when they are overworked or not warmed up properly. At Airrosti our providers address the root of your pain, treat it at the source, and equip you with the knowledge and skills to prevent future injuries.
Straining of the hamstring is defined as an excessive stretch or tear of muscle fibers and related tissues. The hamstring isn’t actually a single “string.” It’s a group of four muscles that run along the back of your thigh, allowing you to bend your leg at the knee. During a hamstring strain, one or more of these muscles gets overloaded.
Unfortunately, hamstring strains are both common and painful. Depending on the severity of the strain injury, the muscle can actually tear and many people can hear and feel an audible “pop” when the muscle is damaged. You’re most likely to get a hamstring strain during activities that involve a lot of running and jumping or sudden stopping and starting.
There are a variety of potential risk factors for hamstring injuries, including:
Symptoms of a hamstring strain include:
Fortunately, as with a quad strain, most minor to moderate hamstring strains will heal on their own with enough rest. You should avoid putting weight on the leg as best you can. Ice, compression, elevation and over-the-counter pain medications can help with pain and swelling.
You should not return to your old level of physical activity until you have full mobility in the injured leg and it no longer hurts to walk, run, and jump. If you start pushing yourself before the hamstring is fully healed, you could re-injure the hamstring and develop permanent muscle dysfunction.
Recovery time depends on how badly you injured the hamstring, but traditional pain management methods will likely have you sideline for weeks at a minimum. Airrosti’s technique will get your hamstrings back pain free, typically in as few as three visits, based on patient-reported outcomes. Don’t tolerate the tightness and pain, schedule your Airrosti appointment today.