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Ask the Docs | Hamstring Pull

Ask the Docs
Posted October 24, 2007

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    Patient Question:
    A few weeks ago I injured my right leg playing basketball. Since then I have been experiencing pain in my hamstring. I'm trying to rest it, and I can ride a bike and walk, but I cannot run or play basketball. I've been doing some strengthening and stretching exercises but it still really hurts to sit or stand up after sitting for a prolonged period of time. Do you have any advice that could help along the healing process?

    Dr. Trish Palmer:
    To begin with, it sounds like you would benefit from a medical evaluation or reevaluation of this problem with an orthopaedic sports medicine specialist–and the sooner the better. Usually a simple strain or sprain would improve greatly within a few weeks with no deficit like you are currently describing. I would be concerned about more than just a pull of the hamstring area.

    Other possibilities could include injury involving the bone, tendon, or misalignment. If this is the case you may be in need of physical therapy, casting, or even surgery. Although these are unlikely with the level of activity you still maintain, it is important to see an orthopaedic sports medicine physician to make sure that you have not incurred a more serious injury.

    Dr. Trish Palmer
    Dr. Palmer
    Treatment Options:
    Without knowing the extent of your injury, it’s hard to prescribe an exact treatment regimen. Each injury is unique. One rehab tip that may help, however, is sitting on a “donut.” This device is used in the treatment of broken tailbone injuries, and works to relieve the pressure from the bony area that you sit on. You can buy a donut at most drug stores.

    I would recommend staying away from all activity that provokes pain until you have visited your orthopaedic physician. Also, it never does any harm to administer R.I.C.E treatment: Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate your injured hamstring.

    For more information about Dr. Palmer and the Sports Medicine physicians of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, call 877.MD BONES or visit them online at www.rushortho.com.

    The information contained on this page is intended only for general public education, and is not intended to serve as a substitute for direct medical advice. This information should not replace necessary medical consultations with a qualified orthopaedic physician.



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