What do i do if i pulled my hamstring?

Pulling your hamstring is not something to joke about. It’s a real pain in the butt (literally) and can cause you to walk like a penguin for days, even weeks. So what do you do if this unfortunate event happens to you? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

First Things First: What IS A Hamstring Pull?

Before we discuss how to fix it, let’s talk about what exactly happened when you pulled your hamstring. Your hamstring is a group of three muscles that run down the back of your thigh from your hip to just below your knee joint (fun fact: they are called biceps femoris, semimembranosus, and semitendinosus). When one or more of these muscles get strained or torn – usually through athletic activities such as running or jumping – it leads to that sharp pain in the upper leg region.

How To Identify A Hamstring Pull

Some signs that may indicate that you have pulled your hammy include:

  • Sudden and severe pain behind the thigh
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the back of your thigh
  • Pain while walking

Should any combination of these symptoms occur immediately after strenuous activity then congratulations! You’ve most likely joined an exclusive club (not really) named “The Torn Hamstrings.”

R.I.C.E Method

Nope we aren’t talking Rice Krispies here folks; this acronym stands for Rest, Ice Compression & Elevation. This method will help reduce swelling caused by ruptured blood vessels accompanying those nasty tears so be sure overworked yourself into at least 20 minutes-to-half-hour resting periods every few hours.

Step Description
Rest As soon as injury occurs sit still ASAP
Ice Ice reduces inflammation
Compression This method compresses vessels, hence also reducing more inflammation!
Elevation Increase blood flow out of the affected area

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a common recommendation for people who have pulled their hamstring. Proven to be an effective remedy (with patience), physical therapists guide you through specific exercises to not only strengthen your hamstrings but physically massage the injured muscle as well.

Let Time Heal Your Hamstring!

One of the most important things that one can do after pulling a hamstring is giving it adequate recovery time- let those muscles heal on its own! It’s suggested that following recommended ideas and tactics take at least two whole weeks before seeing any significant progress – so don’t try to rush anything (aren’t snails get passed by tortoise because they always trying to overtake? Don’t be like them, just relax and rest).

Just remember: Pulling your hammy may seem like the end of the world, but proper care will help alleviate pain quickly while increasing chances of complete healing.


In conclusion pulling hamstring injury shouldn’t pose serious threat if adequately cared for blah blah blah.

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