Many people experience hamstring pulls and strains in sports that use powerful leg movements, like soccer or track & field. They’ll likely attempt to just “walk it off,” but ignoring a hamstring strain is the last thing you’ll want to do.
If you continue activity even after pulling your hamstring, you could risk increasing the severity of the injury, thus spending more time in recovery mode. While dealing with a hamstring strain can be frustrating, Airrosti providers can help you understand your injury and give you the resources to address problems as they appear.
Why Hamstring Strains Happen
A “pulled hamstring” is a common term for a mild hamstring strain. This injury occurs when the hamstring muscles in the back of the leg become overstretched. Hamstring strains are often caused by either a direct blow to the back of the leg or from overuse during exercise.
If you find yourself sidelined with a pulled hamstring, here are some recovery tips to help get you back on your feet safely.
Hamstring Recovery Tips
Hamstring strains are traditionally treated using the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. The RICE method can be used for the immediate aid of most soft tissue injuries until you receive a diagnosis and treatment plan from your doctor.
Hamstring strains are often mild, and with a little rest you’ll be back on your feet in no time. Some cases, however, can be more severe. A moderate to severe strain can limit your mobility for weeks to months. While your body is recovering, you may notice loss of strength and range of motion. You may even start to feel tension building in your legs and hips.
If you recently recovered from a hamstring injury and still struggle with lingering pain or tension, try adding some stretches and strengthening exercises to your daily routine. Below are a few exercises you can use to help reduce tension and build hamstring strength.
Stretch & Strengthen Your Hamstrings
*Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program. If you experience any numbness, tingling or reproduction of your symptoms, please contact your doctor. ⠀
Airrosti Can Help You Recover Faster
While these exercises may help boost your recovery, sometimes professional help is needed to treat hamstring pain at the source.
If your hamstring injury is keeping you from doing what you love, schedule an appointment with an Airrosti provider today. We are dedicated to finding the true cause of your pain and resolving injuries at the source. Because of our commitment to providing rapid, long-term results, most patients saw complete injury resolution in 3 visits. (based on patient-reported outcomes)
Find an Airrosti provider near you to get started. We offer both in-office and virtual appointments to best suit your needs.
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