Pulled Hamstring – Frisco, TX
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide comprehensive treatment for Pulled Hamstring. They use advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to help patients find relief from pain and restore the normal range of motion of the knee joint.   

Pulled Hamstring

Hamstring refers to a group of three muscles namely semitendinosus, semimembranosus and the biceps femoris. These muscles originate near the pelvic bone and run across the entire length of the thighbone (femur) at the back of the leg. A part of the hamstring also extends upwards into the hip joint. All these muscles collaborate with the quadriceps muscles located in front of the thighs to enable body functions such as walking, jumping, running, hip extension etc. and maintain the stability of the knee joint. Pulled Hamstring is a painful injury that occurs when the muscle fibers are pulled apart or stretched beyond their normal limits. The condition and may occur either near the knee, at the middle of the thigh or below the hip joint.

Pulled Hamstring can be graded as follows

  • Grade 1: Muscle fibers get stretched but do not tear
  • Grade 2: Involves partial tearing of muscle fibers
  • Grade 3: Refers to complete tearing of the muscle or tendon

Causes Of Pulled Hamstring

  • Stretching the legs beyond their capacity
  • Repetitive Sprinting or jumping activities
  • Imbalance between the quadriceps and hamstring during walking, jogging, climbing the stairs, squatting, dancing etc.
  • Lack of muscle flexibility and strength
  • Not warming up adequately before an activity
  • Use of improper footwear
  • Age related weakening of muscles
  • Loss of muscle flexibility
  • recurrent injuries to the leg

Symptoms Of Pulled Hamstring

  • Pain which can be sudden and severe
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Redness
  • Bleeding
  • A popping sound may be heard at the time of injury
  • Feeling of a slight pull
  • Loss of motion
  • Weakness in the leg or thigh

Diagnosis Of Pulled Hamstring

  • The doctor may examine the injured leg by palpating and observing the visible symptoms
  • X-ray may help to diagnose whether a piece of bone has been detached along with the muscle (Hamstring Tendon Avulsion)
  • MRI images may present a clear picture of soft tissues and help to determine the severity of injury
  • Treatment For Pulled Hamstring
  • Rest the injured leg and keep it elevated at the chest level
  • Apply ice pack at regular intervals to curb swelling and pain
  • Compression may help to reduce swelling
  • Taking anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers prescribed by the doctor
  • Electrical stimulation to increase blood flow to the injured muscles and promote healing
  • A variety of stretching exercises may be recommended to restore motion and flexibility
  • Surgery may be required in grade 3 injuries in which the muscles has torn completely or a bone part has been detached from the tendon
  • Braces or crutches may be used post surgery to prevent weight bearing

For treatment of Pulled Hamstring, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.