Hamstring Injury

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.

Treating hamstring injuries

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.

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