Hamstring injuries are a dreaded part of recreational and competitive sports. You can't ever see them coming...and aren't they painful?
What do hamstring strains feel like? It's a sudden tightening that is extremely painful on the back of your leg. Usually it's difficult to move that leg right after the injury occurs.
Most athlete's first question is, "how long will this hamstring injury keep me out of sport or activity?"
There are different levels of hamstring strains, and understanding which one you have will help you understand the recovery time needed to safely return to activity.
Grade I Tear:
With a Grade I tear it's better to be cautious for 2 weeks and receive treatment for the proper stretching and hands-on techniques. Delaying seeing a physical therapist can turn a simple 2 week recovery time into a chronic 1-2 month recovery. Usually you can keep active by doing light jogging, swimming, or cycling during your recovery time.
Grade II Tear:
Grade III Tear:
So there you have it...the different kinds of hamstring strains and expected recovery time.
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Dr. Christine Walker
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