Hamstring injuries

Hamstring injuries are common in track and field sports and are often known as a pulled hamstring.  Usually the hamstring at the back of the thigh is forcibly stretched beyond its limits and the muscle becomes torn to variable degrees.  Depending of the extent of damage the hamstring strain is classified as a 1st , 2nd or 3rd degree strain.  

Self help measures which can help the injury resolve include the use of the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) protocol, and depending on the severity of the injury the leg must be rested from sporting activity for between several weeks and sometimes several months.  

Simple clinical treatment involves hands on treatment to release the tension within the hamstring, therapeutic ultrasound and sometimes strapping.  For more serious injuries it maybe worthwhile to undertake an ultrasound scan to determine the exact extent of the injury and the consequences of it.  

Stretching in recovery can help to avoid the hamstring healing short and controlled return to sporting activities is an important part of resolving the problem. 

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