What is a “hamstring pull” or “hamstring sprain”
A hamstring sprain (or pulled hamstring) occurs when there is a tear or excessive stretching of the muscle fibers located in the three posterior thigh muscles (biceps femoris, semimembranosus and semitendinosus). These are the long muscles at the back of the thigh. The word “hamstring” comes from the Old English word hamm (meaning thigh) and “string” refers to the texture of the muscles in that group. The muscle that is at most risk for this type of injury is the biceps femoris. This type of Las Vegas sports injury is very common among athletes and they can sometimes be exceptionally hard to rehabilitate and heal. You will most often find this type of injury with track and field athletics, but they’re also common in football and soccer. For example, nearly 30% of these injuries are sustained by sprinters.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
When the individual has injured the muscle during an activity, in many cases they will hear a “pop” just prior to being hit with a severe amount of pain. The person’s activity will then come to an abrupt halt and they may even have difficulty standing. At that point, an immediate examination is called for.
Upon examination, tightness of the muscles, tenderness and spasms will be noted. Should the injury be more severe, a bruised appearance with significant swelling will be seen. There may even be a noticeable physical defect in the affected muscle, itself, that can be detected by touch. In most cases, the injury will have occurred in the middle section of the back of the thigh. This is the place when the tendon joins the muscle. Or it may occur at the hamstring’s origin at the ischium (base of the buttocks).
Hamstring pulls are generally treated by primary care doctors and general practitioners along with Las Vegas physical and massage therapists. In most cases, where the pull doesn’t involve a muscle tear, the injury will heal on its own, with the assistance of physical therapy and massage. However, in cases where there is a serious tear to the muscle, surgery may be prescribed.
In just about all cases of hamstring pull recovery, alternative treatments can effectively be employed. These include situations in which the patient is recovering from surgery. These treatments can also include:
- Ice packs should be applied to the injured muscle immediately after the injury. The recommendation is that the application by performed at least four times within the first 24 hrs. for 10-20 minutes.
- Ginger – contains a natural, anti-inflammatory substance called zingibain.
- Pineapple – contains a natural anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain
- Cayenne Pepper – contains a natural anti-inflammatory compound capsaicin
- Mustard and Curry – contain the potent anti-inflammatory spice turmeric
There are also a number of natural compounds that can be recommended by a natural medicine practitioner. These, coupled with massage therapy, will speed the recovery of this painful type of muscle injury.
When determining the Hamstring Pull treatment that is right for you, seek advice from your doctor and a qualified Las Vegas alternative medical practitioner. This way, you will have the sufficient amount of information needed in order to make an informed decision.