The hamstrings are the most important body-part for sports. Almost all movements that require explosive force demands a huge activation from the hamstrings. It is also because the hamstrings play such an essential part of our daily movements that hamstring injuries are not uncommon at all. In worst case scenarios, the muscle fibers in the hamstrings can be torn.
The hamstrings can be pulled, torn partially or torn completely. Each condition must be diagnosed and treated differently. To understand how grave of an injury an individual has, check the degree of seriousness of the bruise. If the hamstring is pulled, there should be little to no bruise at all. Pain is also minimal and daily activities are not greatly inhibited.
If the hamstring is torn partially, there should be a little to moderate bruise. Daily activities and contraction of hamstrings are both painful. If the hamstring is torn completely, there should be an unusually bad bruise. Daily activities and contraction of hamstring muscles are not possible. For the individual to be certain of the condition of his injury, he/she should consult with a doctor or a specialist.
Rehabilitation of torn hamstring
Many studies and people have confirmed the effectiveness of RICE. R stands for rest. Rest should be the first prescription for anybody who has been inflicted with an injury. When an injury occurs, rest is needed so the tissue, tendon or ligament can heal. If the individual suffers from a torn hamstring, any stress or force applied to the hamstring should be avoided. The amount of rest one should take varies from person to person but the average individual needs about 2 weeks before starting rehabilitation.
I stands for Ice. By applying ice to the surface of the injury, there will be a limitation of blood flow in the applied area. This prevents swelling of the injury and allows for fresh blood flow in the applied area after removing the ice. Icing the hamstring can be hard. Because it is such a large muscle group, the ice applied may not cover the entire injured area. To provide full coverage of the benefits of ice, fill up a bath tub and throw in a couple packs of ice. Submerge yourself entirely or just your hamstring alone.
C stands for compression. Similar to icing the injury, experience has shown that compressing the injury will help reduce swelling. Compression can be done by wrapping a towel, bandage or specialty products that provide this service. Bandages are more practical for a hamstring injury. Although compression for the hamstring may seem hard and ineffective, trying it won’t harm the injury either.
E stands for elevation. Elevating the area of injury allows the blood from the injury to move back to the heart so fresh blood can flow back to the area of the injury. This also reduces swelling of the injury. It is best to elevate the injury above the level of the heart. For a torn hamstring, place the leg on a platform while lying down on the bed, floor, etc.
Torn hamstrings takes some time to heal before any strenuous activity can be resumed. Avoid any static stretching, lifting and strenuous activity at the early stages of injury. Doing so will only cause the tissues in the injury to reinjure itself and full recovery will be set back. Keep in mind that this article does not substitute for medical advice. Consult a doctor so you can be sure on the rehabilitation of your injury.