Health Tip: Strained a Hamstring?
(HealthDay News) -- Athletes are particularly susceptible to strains or tears of the hamstring, one of three sets of muscles and tendons between the thigh and the knee.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says most hamstring injuries can be healed without surgery. The academy offers these examples of potential non-surgical treatments:
Avoid physical activity, and use crutches if your doctor recommends them.
Apply ice to the hamstring a few times per day, for up to 20 minutes per session.
Wrap the hamstring in a compression bandage to help reduce swelling.
Keep your leg elevated above your heart while resting.
Wear a splint to keep your leg still, if your doctor recommends this option.
Get physical therapy.
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