Hamstring Contusion Symptoms
The symptoms of a hamstring contusion will differ depending on the severity of the impact. If you have suffered a hamstring contusion you will probably experience some degree of pain when walking uphill or up stairs, running, lunging, kicking, jumping, or bending forward. Other symptoms may include:
Grade 1 - Mild Contusion
- Tenderness in the area of the injury
- Slight swelling, if any
- Tightness in the calf muscles
- Possible difficulties walking but range of motion isn't affected much
Grade 2 - Moderate Contusion
- Pain during activity and when pressure is applied at the injury site
- Limited movement
- Inability to stretch as far as usual
- Pain and stiffness with rest following activity, especially in the morning
Grade 3 - Severe Contusion
- Extreme pain at the time of injury with pain continuing for a few days
- Sudden and noticeable swelling
- Swelling and bruising that may extend down to the knee and calf
- Muscle spasm
- Weakness in the hamstring muscles
- Walking is impossible without assistance or crutches
- Difficulties sleeping due to pain
Treating a Hamstring Contusion
Hamstring pain is frustrating to live with and healing can take a long time because it's difficult to give your leg the rest it needs. This is especially true for runners and other athletes that return to their sport too early. However, resting your leg, and taking the pressure off by using crutches, is one of the best things you can do to allow healing. Jumping, running, kicking or lunging should be avoided to reduce stress on the posterior thigh muscles.
Treating a hamstring contusion with cold compression as soon as you can, and for the first 72 hours following injury, will help with recovery by reducing swelling and tissue damage. In the early stages of the injury, avoid stretching, massage, or heat treatments as it may lead to further bleeding in the area.
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