Hamstring strains, or a pulled hamstring, are common leg injuries that can range from mild to severe. Mild hamstring strains will likely feel like a dull ache at the back of the leg, while severe strains or tears to the hamstring muscle are extremely painful and can prohibit the patient from standing or walking.
A snapping or popping feeling and sudden pain in the back of the thigh or lower buttock during exercise are good indications that the hamstring has been strained. If the pain is exacerbated by walking, bending over or simply straightening the leg, this is also a sign of hamstring strain.
Pain in the back of the thigh and lower buttock when walking, straightening the leg, or bending over.
Tightness in the back of the leg when jogging or running.
Popping sensation when running (usually when trying to slow down) in the leg, typically after exertion
Persistent tightness and pain in the lower butt cheek
A hamstring strain is most often a runner’s injury. Undertraining for distance running, running too aggressively during sprints, and lack of proper stretching before and after your runs can all cause you to strain your hamstring and hinder your overall performance.
Aggressive running, especially downhill
Undertraining for cross-country, track, triathlon or marathon running
Chiropractic care can reduce pain and inflammation quickly so you can get on the road to recovery faster.
By properly conditioning your hamstring and surrounding muscles, you can gain strength and prohibit future injury.
After your first hamstring injury, you’re more likely to sustain another. The right technique will enhance your performance and overall health.