Published on
Last updated on

A Look at Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring injuries can be incurred rather easily. The injury concerns the hamstring muscles which are the group of muscles located on the back of the thigh. Hamstring injuries are common among those that participate in sports but anyone can experience this type of muscular injury while at work and during recreational activities.


There are three muscles behind the thigh which run from the hip area to just under the knee. It is this group of muscles that allow the leg to bend the knee and to extend a leg behind your body. Stretching this group of muscles beyond capacity can cause a hamstring injury.


Hamstring injuries can result in a partial tear of the muscle or the muscle can suffer a complete tear. The symptoms that go along with a hamstring injury include sharp and sudden pain in the thigh muscles while in motion. The feeling of your muscle tearing may also occur. After such an injury the area may be tender and swelling is likely. The skin may also discolor with bruising. Injured parties may not be able to place any weight on the affected leg and muscles will be weak.


It will be important to see a medical professional if pain increases or if you cannot bear weight on the injured leg. If any of the affected area begins to numb or red streaks appear in the skin around the injured muscle, seek a doctor’s help immediately.  If you have experienced a previous injury to the hamstring muscles, it will be important to seek medical help as soon as possible.


Most treatments will involve over the counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines. Rest and ice applications may help ease the swelling and pain to allow the muscles can heal. An MRI or x-ray may be necessary to assess the severity of the injury and ensure muscles have not become detached from the bone. Surgery is not usually necessary even for torn muscles as healing will typically occur on its own with rest and physical therapy.