Hamstring Injury (cont.)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
In this Article
- What are the hamstrings?
- What is the function of the hamstrings?
- What causes hamstring injuries, and what are types of hamstring injuries?
- What are symptoms and signs of injury to the hamstring muscles?
- How are hamstring injuries diagnosed?
- How are hamstring injuries treated?
- Can hamstring injuries be prevented?
- What is the prognosis (outlook) for hamstring injuries?
- Where can one find more information about hamstring injuries?
- Hamstring injury facts
- Find a local Orthopedic Surgeon in your town
What is the prognosis (outlook) for hamstring injuries?
The outlook is generally good, but can require a period of rest by avoiding running and athletic competition. The length required for recovery varies depending on the severity of the muscle injury.
Where can one find more information about hamstring injuries?
"Hamstring Injury," Medscape.com
"Hamstring Strain," Medscape.com
Hamstring injury facts
- Hamstrings are tendons of the muscles of the back of the thigh.
- Hamstring muscles bend the knee and straighten the hip.
- Hamstring muscle injury is a common athletic injury.
- Most hamstring muscle and tendon injuries heal without surgery.
- The risk of hamstring injury can be reduced with a regular stretching program and exercises.
Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.
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