Your hamstring is a group of three large muscles in the back of the thigh that allows you to bend your leg at the knee. A strain of one of these muscles is common, especially for athletes in sports that require high-intensity leg movements, like running and soccer. A hamstring strain refers to a tear in the muscle. It can range from a mild to a severe injury. A mild injury can cause a feeling of discomfort and tightness, but a severe hamstring injury can be very painful and impair your ability to walk.
- Sudden severe pain during activity
- Bruising in the area
- Inability to straighten or bend leg at the knee
- Sports that require running and jumping
- Improper warm up before exercising
- Poor flexibility
PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR HAMSTRING STRAIN
When healing from a hamstring injury, physical therapy can help restore hip and knee range of motion, muscle flexibility, and strength. Your therapist will use modalities and manual techniques to speed up the recovery process. Your program will start with gentle stretches and range of motion exercises to promote mobility and flexibility. Over the course of a month, you will be instructed in gradual strengthening exercises for the hip, leg, and core muscles. This will help prevent future muscle strains and will allow you to return to sports and previous activities pain-free.