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Hamstring Pain / Hamstring Strain: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

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.

What Causes Hamstring Pain?

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:

  • Inadequate warming up and poor stretching
  • Muscle weakness (especially weak glutes)
  • Poor footwear
  • Recurrent injury when the muscle hasn’t healed from previous damage

What are the symptoms of a hamstring strain?

Symptoms of a hamstring strain include:

  • Sudden and severe pain during exercise
  • A snapping or popping feeling
  • Pain in the back of the thigh and lower buttock
  • Pain when walking, straightening the leg, or bending over
  • Tenderness or bruising
  • Inability to walk or even stand with severe strains

How do you stop or relieve hamstring pain?

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.

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