Conditions & Treatments - Hamstring Strain


The hamstring is made up of a group of muscles (biceps femoris, semimembranosus, semitendinosus) located at the back of the thigh. The image provided displays the hamstring muscle. The main function of this group of muscles is in assisting with the bending of the knee and extension of the hip. This muscle can be injured or affected by a sudden forceful contraction of the muscle with activities such as jumping or running. When the hamstring is strained or pulled a popping sensation is often felt which is accompanied by pain when walking or bending/straightening the leg. As a result of the injury the hamstring can become inflamed, bruised, irritable, sore, tight, tender to the touch or go into spasms.


Hamstring Strain Treatment Options for a PT

· Ice Packs/Hot Packs

· Maintain ROM and strength

· Train for crutch use if needed

· ROM/Stretching (see video 30 for Hip/Groin/Knee)

· Strengthening (see video 18 for Hip/Groin/Knee)

· Massage/Soft Tissue Mobilization



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Last revised: January 17, 2008
by Chai Rasavong, MPT


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