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Hamstring Injury Behind Knee
Rest the leg,Avoid : Putting weight on the leg as best you can. Ice your leg to reduce pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days, or until the pain is gone. Compress your leg by using ace bandage. Elevate your leg on a pillow when you're sitting or lying down. Take anti-inflammatory painkillers. Non-steroidal, practice stretching and strengthening exercises ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varible: Highly variable depending on the location of the tear (proximal/ midsubstance / distal), the degree of the tear (partial / complete), the mass of the hamstring involved (it is made up of 3 muscles) and finally what type work you are trying to return to (sedentary / active). Unless highly strenuous job few days off with use of crutches/ thigh sleeve/ physiotherpy. Sports longer. Doc to help guide. ...Read more
I had therapy for a hamstring injury a few years back. It comes back here and there. Right now it hurts and i limp. How can I get rid of this for good?
Rehab: Sounds like you may have reinjured this. See an orthopedist to make sure of what is going on and they can recommend further management and rehab if necessary. Don't fool with this yourself without some professional input. ...Read more
RICE: You should start with rice as a home treatment. After 48-72 hours you may switch to heat (instead of ice). As your pain starts to subside you may add stretching as tolerated, and massage. Once pain is gone, then gently return to activity as your strength and flexibility may need time to recovery after the injury, and you don't want to further injure yourself by attempting to go "all out" to fast. ...Read more
Could be: Stretching too much can cause muscle strains, but any time the cause is a mystery, i consider it may be something else. A muscle strain will hurt when you use it and heal over 1-2 weeks usually if you avoid anything that triggers your pain. Heat can help. If you don't avoid painful activities, it'll heal slowly if at all. If it doesn't over the long run behave like muscle strain, get checked.M. ...Read more
For a new/recent : Injury start rice (rest, ice, compression with a wrap, & elevation) to rest the affected area. Nsaids, eg, Ibuprofen can help pain & swelling. Gentle massage/stretching exercises within limits of discomfort, then gradually increase frequency and range of motion of the hip and knee joints. Heat after 3-5 days helps. Pain meds (creams), eg bengay (or others) can be helpful. Increase activity slowly. ...Read more
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