CAUSES – Individuals that more susceptible to hamstring injuries are professional athletes and dancers. By over stressing or tearing the muscle fibers and suddenly twisting, strengthening, or over extending the thigh, an injury can occur.
TREATMENT – For the most part, a hamstring injury will heal itself; but it may take a few weeks to fully recover. You will need to rest, ice the area, use compression, and keep the injury elevated (RICE). Your physician may recommend aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve the pain. A massage by a trained therapist can help with over stressed muscles.
PREVENTION – By keeping your body in good physical condition, you can lessen your chances of getting a hamstring injury. Be sure to warm up briefly by doing light stretches.