Running is an amazing stress-reliever, means of working out, and weight loss strategy in which millions of Americans find joy. Unfortunately, along with the benefits of running there are potential injuries that come if you keep at it long enough.
Hamstring injuries are one of the most common types of injuries runners suffer. Athletes who play soccer, football, and other sports with frequent acceleration, stopping or running can experience similar injuries as well.
A hamstring injury can be painful and annoying. To help you understand this injury, we’ll go over the symptoms, causes, and possible treatments to provide relief. Knowledge is power, and once you know what’s going on with your body you’ll be more equipped to treat the problem.
Hamstring injuries are usually categorized as a strain or sprain caused by muscle tearing and soft tissues being pushed beyond their natural limit. The injury can range from mild to severe, depending on the situation.
Sometimes it can be hard to know exactly how to classify your injury, or if you need to seek medical attention for the problem. To help you determine whether you might be experiencing a hamstring injury, here a brief list of common symptoms:
- Swelling of the hamstring
- Stiffness and tightness in the back of the thigh
- Discomfort while walking or running (possible limping)
- Limited range of motion at the knee
- Bruising on the back of the thigh
In short, hamstring injuries generally result from overuse — but let’s dive into this idea a bit further. The pain associated with a hamstring injury comes when the muscle group lengthens and contracts rapidly to slow the tibia and foot.
Here are some ways injury may occur in a way that results in pain:
- Overexertion while working out
- Weak glutes or other muscles
- Lack of flexibility or not stretching
- Having legs of slightly different lengths
- Lack of warmup
Luckily, most hamstring injury treatment can be done in the comfort of your home and does not require medical attention. Many athletes recover quickly and get back to the sports they enjoy within a few weeks.
Here are some of the best ways to treat a hamstring injury:
- Immediately after the injury apply ice to the effective area to control inflammation and relieve pain.
- Then, 48 hours after the initial injury Apply therapeutic heat to the hamstring area with the MojiHeat Heated Roller
- Rest the muscle for 2-3 weeks before returning to full activity
- Elevate the leg above the heart for 30 minutes
- Start stretching the muscle group regularly as soon as the pain has somewhat subsided
Strengthen glute muscles and other leg muscles to support the hamstring area
Using the MojiHeat Heated Roller can help treat hamstring pain and a large array of other athletic injuries. Moji rollers combine the traditional benefits of rolling with heat – the same therapy that comes with a heated massage, making it a quick way to feel comfort and relief. Use the roller daily directly on the back of the leg for best results.