Hamstring strains happen when hamstring muscles or tendons are stretched beyond what they can withstand, or torn when substantial stretching of the muscle occurs. Hamstring strains are fairly common in sports activities requiring the athlete to forcefully run or jump. A hamstring strain is also called a pulled hamstring or hamstring tear.

An inflamed hamstring tendon is called hamstring tendonitis. Hamstrings or hamstring muscles are located at the back of the thigh. We have three hamstring muscles.

Causes of hamstring strains

This occurs when hamstrings or their tendon are overstretched, overused, or overexerted during a sports or recreational activity such as sprinting, kicking or jumping. Exercising improperly, such as increasing the duration or intensity of a workout too much or too soon, may also lead to hamstring strains.

Depending on the severity of your hamstring strain, the following may be recommended:

* Rest
* Ice and/or heat application
* Radial Pulse Wave therapy
* Recommend crutches / Crutch walking training
* Gentle range of motion exercises
* Gentle stretching (manual or active)
* Progressive strengthening exercises
* Work or sports-related strengthening program
* Patient education
o About your condition
o Precautions to observe
o Activity or work modification
o Injury prevention
* Rehabilitation program

When you can return to your usual activities, will be based on whether you can achieve a full range of motion, which is pain-free.