What Is a Hamstring Muscle Strain Injury?
Your hamstring muscles run down the back of your thigh from your hip to below the knee. A strained or pulled hamstring muscle is a common injury, particularly among athletes. Injury can occur to any of the 3 muscles in the hamstring, which include the:
To reduce your risk of hamstring injuries:
Warm up before physical activity or sports
Stretch quadriceps (the muscles in front of your thigh) and hamstring muscles
Strength gluteus muscles to help support and work together with hamstring muscles
Symptoms of a hamstring injury vary depending on the severity. Mild hamstring injuries may be uncomfortable but loosen up with stretching and warm-up. Moderate to severe hamstring injuries may have symptoms, such as:
Sudden pain during exercise
Popping or snapping feeling
Pain in the back of the thigh or lower buttock
Most of the time, hamstring injuries improve on their own with rest. If you have a sore or tender hamstring — rest from aggravating activities, ice the area and perform gentle stretching to alleviate your symptoms.
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can also help reduce swelling and improve pain.
When to Seek a Sports Medicine Specialist
Make an appointment with our Sports Medicine Program if your hamstring injury results in:
- Significant limping
- Numbness or tingling down the leg
- Pain for several days or weeks and continues to interfere with daily activities
We will complete an evaluation to understand the cause and extent of your injury, and will work to understand your goals for treatment.
Ready for an Appointment?
If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of hamstring muscle strain injury, schedule an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.
Learn more about our doctors and care team who diagnose and treat hamstring muscle strain injury.