How to Treat a Pulled Hamstring

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A pulled hamstring should be treated immediately with ice, and gentle stretching can be done after acute pain has subsided. Discover exercises for treating pulled muscles with help from a physical therapist in this free video on sports medicine and pulled hamstrings.

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Video Transcript

Hi I'm Tara Pollak, physical therapist at "Evolution Physical Therapy" here to teach you how to treat a pulled hamstring muscle. The hamstrings are the muscle that line the back of the leg. They're responsible for flexing the knee. When you pull a muscle acutely, when you first do it you want to immediately apply ice to the area, a minimum of ten minutes, a maximum of 20 minutes and then once the area becomes a little bit less acute you want to start to initiate gentle stretching exercises. I recommend that you contact a skilled physical therapist so that they can help you with this and make sure that you're doing it appropriately for your stage of your muscle pull. So with Shonte I'm going to help her stretch her hamstrings with the use of a stretching strap or a yoga strap. We're going to place that around the sole of her foot then we're going to elevate the leg. As I hand her the strap she's going to pull back gently, just until she starts to feel a slight stretch in her hamstring muscles here. If you have any increase in pain with this you want to make sure that you stop, contact a skilled physical therapist so that you do the exercise appropriately because early stretching and early movement will definitely help decrease the recovery time on this injury. I'm Tara and this is how to treat a pulled hamstring muscle.


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