Hamstring Pull Recovery Time
A pulled hamstring occurs when you strain one of your hamstring muscles. The recovery time for a hamstring pull ranges from a few days to several months and is determined by the severity of the muscle strain.
The hamstring muscles are a group of three muscles located along the back of the thigh. As children return to school, the rigors of regular playground activity and sports team practices increase the likelihood of straining these large and heavily utilized muscles.
Causes, Treatment, and Recovery Time for Hamstring Injuries
According to Mayo Clinic, “A hamstring injury typically causes a sudden, sharp pain in the back of your thigh. You might also feel a ‘popping’ or tearing sensation. Swelling and tenderness usually develop within a few hours.”
Many cases of pulled hamstrings occur during sporting activities because of the constant stopping and starting motions, sprinting, and overall stress that sports put on the leg muscles.
When any of the hamstring muscles are stretched beyond their limit, a hamstring injury is likely to occur. It is worth noting that although many hamstring injuries occur as a result of sports, a pulled hamstring can happen to anyone during any sort of strenuous physical activity.
Although most hamstring injuries can be cared for at home with plenty of rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medications, serious hamstring injuries may require surgery
The time it takes to recover from a pulled hamstring varies depending on the severity of the injury. According to National Health Service, there are three grades of hamstring injuries:
- Grade 1 — Mild strain or muscle pull
- Grade 2 — Partial muscle tear
- Grade 3 — Complete muscle tear
A grade 1 hamstring injury could take a few days to heal, but a grade 2 or grade 3 injury may take a couple of weeks to a few months to heal.
If you are unable to walk more than a few steps or experience severe pain in your hamstring that does not go away with rest, ice, or over-the-counter painkillers, see a medical professional immediately.
Pulled Hamstring Treatment at FastMed Urgent Care
FastMed Urgent Care is open seven days a week and never requires an appointment. Our healthcare professionals are prepared to provide compassionate care for your hamstring pull. Our clinics include diagnostic labs and X-rays, so we can quickly determine the exact cause of your symptoms and the extent of your injury.
FastMed accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Come in and see how FastMed Urgent Care can help you recover from your pulled hamstring quickly!
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hamstring-injury/basics/definition
National Health Service: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hamstring-injury/Pages/Introduction.aspx