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The hamstring is made up of three muscles: the Semitendinosous, Semimembranosous and Biceps femoris. A hamstring strain or pull is a tear in one or more of those muscles.
A hamstring injury is usually sudden and painful. The pain and symptoms will depend on the severity of the injury. Injuries are usually graded from 1 to 3 in order of severity:
Grade 1: Person can walk or possibly jog with little or no pain, however faster running may cause pain.
Grade 2: Person feels pain when walking, and any running causes an increase in pain levels.
Grade 3: Person can’t walk without pain and or using an aid.
Initially, treat a hamstring injury by immediately applying ice and taking or applying anti‐inflammatory medication. Follow this with rest and gentle compression. As your rehabilitation progresses, combine rest with a gentle and appropriate stretching and strengthening program.
If you suspect you have an injured hamstring you should seek a diagnosis from an appropriate health professional.
If you're recovering from a hamstring injury, call us on (03) 9387 0800 to find out how we can help.
Did you know people gain an average of 4 Kilograms over the Christmas period.
Want to avoid the weight gain trap call us now on 9387 0800 for a health consultation.
Drinking at least one and a half litres of water a day is essential for weight loss and good health. The actual amount of water you should be drinking is your weight in kilos times 0.033, for example if your weight is 65kg, the amount of water you should be drinking each day is 65*0.033=2.14 litres per day. This is your ideal water intake.