Pulled Hamstrings Treatment Specialist in Elkton, MD
If you are experiencing sharp pain in the back of your thigh, then you might have a hamstring injury. Visit us at Living Well Healthcare in Elkton MD, our specialists can help you feel better. We are conveniently located at 270 West Main Street, Elkton MD 21921. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What kind of doctor should I see for a hamstring injury?
When should I go to the doctor for a hamstring injury?
How do I know if my hamstring is pulled or torn?
What are the symptoms and causes of a hamstring injury?
How long does it take a hamstring injury to heal?
A hamstring pull occurs when the muscles on the back of the thigh become overextended, often from a sports injury. The most common hamstring muscle to get pulled is the biceps femoris, which is located on the back of the thigh. Hamstrings are a group of three muscles that run along the back of the thigh and assist in bending the knee and flexing the hip. When the biceps femoris is injured, it becomes slightly shorter and thicker, and will often feel like it is “pulled” when trying to straighten the affected leg.
Several different kinds of doctors can treat hamstring injuries, including primary care physicians, orthopedists, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Chiropractors are especially effective at treating hamstring injuries as they specialize in non-invasive and non-pharmacological treatments; that is, treatments that do not involve surgery or medications.
Mild hamstring strains can be treated at home with adequate rest, as well as with icing, compression, and elevation of the injured area. However, moderate to severe hamstring injuries should be addressed by a doctor, such as when the injured leg cannot bear any weight or if walking more than a few steps causes significant pain.
Hamstring injury risk factors include:
– Sports that require sprinting or running
– Activities that require extreme stretching
– Prior hamstring injury
– Poor flexibility
– Muscle imbalance
Knowing how to recognize the most common signs of a hamstring injury, as well as the type of hamstring injury, is crucial to ensure that the appropriate medical care is received right away. The most common signs include:
Sharp Pain — Often preceded by a “snapping” or “popping” sound at the moment of injury, hamstring tears typically cause a sharp pain in the back of the thigh or underneath the buttocks.
Swelling and Bruising — Most people experience some swelling and bruising when they tear their hamstring as it causes significant tissue damage. While it might take a couple of days for bruises to become visible, swelling is often apparent within a few hours of the injury.
Leg Weakness — Because the hamstrings are responsible for the movements of the hips and knees when walking, running, squatting, or bending, most people experience weakness in their legs during any of these movements after a hamstring injury.
Problems Bearing Weight — In addition to weakness and swelling, a torn hamstring can make it difficult to bear weight on the affected leg. Weight-bearing can also cause significant pain.
Symptoms of a hamstring injury include:
– Limited range of motion
– Inability to bear weight
– Weakness in the affected leg
– Popping or snapping sound
This type of injury is most often caused by an overextension of the leg or from a traumatic impact, such as from playing sports. Risk factors for hamstring injuries include:
– Muscle weakness or imbalance
– Improper footwear
– Recurrent injury, especially when the previous injury has not had the time to properly heal
The time it takes for a hamstring injury to heal is different in every situation and depends on several factors unique to each patient, including:
– The severity of the injury
– The type of treatment used
– Level of physical activity
In mild to moderate cases, hamstring injuries often heal in a few weeks, while more severe injuries may take months to recover and require more involved treatments and therapies. If you have pulled your hamstrings, come to Living Well Healthcare for professional care and treatment. Call us today or book an appointment with our pulled hamstrings treatment specialist, or visit our Maryland clinic in Elton at 270 West Main Street, Elkton MD 21921. We serve patients from Elkton MD, Elk Mills MD, Fair Hill MD, Woodcrest Shores MD, North East MD, Warwick MD, and Chesapeake City MD. We look forward to serving you!
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