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Hamstring Injury

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a hamstring injury?

A hamstring injury is a bruise, strain, or tear to one of your hamstring muscles. Your hamstring muscles are in the back of your thigh and help bend and straighten your leg.

What increases my risk for a hamstring injury?

What are the signs and symptoms of a hamstring injury?

You may start to feel symptoms when you rest after activity. You may have any of the following:

How is a hamstring injury diagnosed?

An x-ray, ultrasound, CT, or MRI may show the hamstring injury. You may be given contrast liquid to help the injury show up better in the pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if you have any metal in or on your body.

How is a hamstring injury treated?

How can I manage my symptoms?

How can I help prevent another hamstring injury?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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