How to know when you pulled your hamstring?
Oh boy, did you pull your hamstring? We all know that feeling when we push ourselves a little too hard and end up with an injury. But how do you know if it’s really a pulled hamstring or just some soreness from yesterday’s workout?
In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about hamstrings and how to recognize the symptoms of a pulled muscle. So sit back, grab an ice pack (or five), and let’s get started!
First Things First: What Are Hamstrings Anyway?
Before we can talk about what happens when they’re pulled, let’s define what exactly our hamstrings are.
Hamstrings are a group of three muscles located on the backside of your thigh – specifically between your hip joint and knee joint (don’t worry, there won’t be any anatomy pop quizzes). The three muscles are:
- Biceps femoris
Together, these guys work to flex your knee joint and extend your hip joint.
Signs You Pulled Your Hamstring
Now that we have the basics down, let’s dive into how you can tell if one or more of those lovely muscles is making things difficult for you:
Sudden Pain in Back of Thigh
One clear signal something has gone wrong with those hammy boys is sudden sharp pain at the back of the leg where gulp – yep – your precious hammies reside. This kind of pain isn’t just annoying; it will continue bothering throughout daily activities like walking or bending over (always remember not picking anything heavy while stretching in morning)
Feeling Tightness In Leg Muscles
Are tight leg muscles throwing wrenches into normal activities like climbing stairs or getting out bed? It might be because one’s body experiences a tighter hamstring muscles after a hard and severe workout session. In this case, getting up from the bed or seating area also develops into an annoying task.
After a few hours have passed since you lifted What was it that I told you not to do? Heavy meal grabbing? Almost got me there! heavy objects at gym, swells along with bruises may be familiar signs of pulled hamstring for many people (and gory poetry)
### Difficulty Straightening Leg
We usually take leg-straightening activities like standing (Jokes aside but If my mother has taught me anything in life then crying is much preferable over sitting down while she’s around) for granted. Another signal of hammy boys crying out loud, one wouldn’t be able to straighten as usual, making the simplest tasks difficult to perform(like bending your legs is some monstrous exercise)
PSA: If in extreme pain seek medical help we are joking about being idiots here!
Like many other strains and pulls injuries can occur for several different reasons ranging from slightly hilarious ones(once saw someone trip on their shoelaces mid-jog!) ,to something more serious. Here are the possible culprits:
1- Not Warming Up Pre Workout Session
2- Muscles Are Overused/Lack Of Strengthening Exercises
3- “Improper form” during Squat/Leg Press Exercise.
4- Athlete Having Poor Balance And Coordination
An injury is never anybody’s favorite part of working out or weekend marathons so taking precautions always helps!
## Recovery Plan After Hamstring Pull occurs
If you’ve indeed ended up pulling those hamstrings against our wishes, following these steps might lessen healing time:
Stop Physical Activity: Cut back on putting that leg through anymore strain!
Rest & Ice : The classic age-old remedy, ice serves dual roles of reducing pain & swelling. Resting the pulled hamstring is just as important for an extended recovery period(which none of us wants obviously)
Stretching: Gentle stretching exercises would help in relaxation and lessening tenderness affected part.
Physical Therapy : Professional Physiotherapy treatment depending on seriousness of injury
## How to Prevent A Hamstring Pull In Future
They say prevention is better than cure; maybe that’s why we’re getting tired of writing this article(goodness our hamstrings!). Following are preventive measures:
### Warm-Up Properly
A good warmup can surely make a difference, resulting in fewer serious injuries (fingers crossed). Add some lunges or leg swings to loosen up hamstring muscle groups.
Cross Training Can Help
Everyone likes change once awhile- muscles included! Mix it up by adding low-level intensity Yoga into schedule or Pilates classes.
And now you’re all set with everything there is to know about a pulled hamstring (talk about being underprepared) . While it isn’t uncommon due to overusing them(we at Openai want nobody injured though), immediately recognizing signs can lead one on road to speedy recovery(plan your trips ahead). So stay safe while working out but don’t forget even after taking precautions sometimes injuries find their way around when legs are involved (Inserts last terrible joke here)