A hamstring injury is often described as a sudden pain in the hamstring with tenderness around the site and impaired function of the muscle. There are several different causes of a hamstring injury. These include strains (tears) and tears to the tissues, tendons, and/or ligaments which connect the bone to muscle. Muscle strains account for over half of all injuries due to hamstring strain.
Hamstring injuries are common in active people, and the average person will suffer from an injury at some point, even if it is just one. They have been recorded extensively in athletes and can significantly lose time during recovery. The mechanisms of hamstring injury are varied depending on the activity; however, sudden changes in direction or speed with an insufficient warm-up, especially after prolonged sitting, are common causes.
There are some common issues that will suggest there’s a problem with the hamstring in some fashion. Some of these include:
There’s several things that can be done to provide treatment to hamstring injuries.