What Does A Hamstring Strain Feel Like?
Pain in the back of the leg is often diagnosed as sciatica and is characterized by a sharp, shooting pain down the leg or pins and needles further down towards the calf.
Often this can be confused with a hamstring strain or tear. This can happen when we have not warmed up properly before doing activity. Gardening, walking, or running are common activities where our clients pull their hamstrings.
It is different to sciatica in that it will not be as painful after the actual injury. It will improve rather than get worse and usually there will not be shooting pain afterwards. Sciatica is often more painful when siting or standing or long periods of time.
Also Sciatica tends to get worse as the duration goes on and can go all the way down the leg to the toes as numbness, whereas a hamstring strain will be located just in the back of the thigh.
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So how does a hamstring injury happen?
These often happen on cold winter days after not warming up correctly. Particularly with increased running, playing football, rugby and hockey, where changing direction is very common. Often, you will see the athlete pull up, as they would have felt a ping, and often in more severe hamstring injuries; you hear a crack or pop similar to a gunshot as the pressure builds.
Immediately afterward, there may be some bruising and swelling around the site of the strain. It’s very important to stop activity and rest as quickly as possible. Putting ice on the area to reduce the inflammation is key, and try and avoid heat where possible.
Hamstring strains can take anywhere from two to four weeks to heal if they’re grade one, sometimes longer. If you are unable to bring your leg up to your buttocks then please seek help from a professional as that maybe a more serious tear.
So it is important to be careful when getting back into activity. You must make sure that you stretch it after the first week to ensure that the fibers can reorganize through the hamstring. Very gently to make sure that the hamstring comes back to it’s original length and you don’t let the scar tissue build-up.
Often, the hamstring will strain because it’s not in the right position. It attaches onto the base of the pelvis, and if that is rotated, it will put undue tension through the muscle, and that can cause it to occur again. So it’s important to get the pelvis, and the stability of the hips checked to ensure that it doesn’t.
If you are a runner, walker or doing more team sports then it’s vital your pelvis is located in the optimum position to keep the hamstrings under the correct tension so that they don’t keep straining. Often we see clients who have strained their hamstrings 2,3 or even 6 times.
How to get hamstring strains fixed?
Try this one here to get more length in the hamstrings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYMJ5CtjbPI
This exercise will help provide stability to the pelvis when walking or running longer distances and stop the hamstrings getting tired https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqtYfkFt1Dg
If you are struggling with recurrent hamstring strains from sports injuries why not book a free discovery visit with us by calling 01932 355529
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