Hamstring Injury

What is Hamstring Injury?

Hamstring muscles allow you to flex your knees and bend your legs.

What are the Symptoms of Hamstring Injury?

Sharp pain in the back of the thigh, during or immediately after sports or other strenuous activity which causes problems in walking, sitting or any other activity.

What are the Causes of Hamstring Injury?

All your movements rely on these muscles. The muscles actually run along the back of the thigh to the knee. Anyone can “pull” a hamstring muscle, however, if you are a professional athlete, a dancer or work in another physical occupation you are more prone. It is important with this type of injury to stop when you feel the pain and rest. If you keep working the injured muscle, problems can develop and your recovery will be hampered. A pulled hamstring is invariably the result of overburdening or tearing the muscle fibres. You can simply stretch the muscle too far and this can be mended easily or the muscle belt can be torn which is more serious. When the muscle becomes separated from the connective tendons, it is a much more serious injury. It is always best to see a doctor to be assured the damage is minimal.

Traditional Medical Treatments for Hamstring Injury

Like other strains, a hamstring pull generally heals itself. The established recovery procedure for muscle strain is RICE:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Your doctor may also recommend a pain killer.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Hamstring Injury

Massage – by a trained therapist will help to relax and tone your muscles. Aromatherapy – For tension in your hamstrings try this blend of essential oils – 3 drops of peppermint, 3 drops of marjoram in 15 gm of base cream or 15 ml massage oil. Apply this to the effected area – massaging gently. Homeopathy – Arnica is the homeopath’s first-aid remedy for muscle injuries. It can be taken orally and applied as a salve to the painful area. Rhus toxicodendron and Ruta are also remedies for muscle strains.