- Rest. Stop any physical activity that causes pain.
- Ice. Put ice on your hamstring for about 20 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day.
- Compression. A compression bandage or wrap can reduce swelling and ease pain.
- Elevation. When sitting, keep your leg raised slightly to reduce swelling.
Should I exercise with a pulled hamstring?
Returning to strenuous exercise too quickly could make your injury worse, but avoiding exercise for too long can cause your hamstring muscles to shrink and scar tissue to form around the tear. To avoid this, you should start doing gentle hamstring stretches after a few days, when the pain has started to subside.
How long does pulling a hamstring take to heal?
Mild to moderate (grade 1 or 2) tears or strains can heal within three to eight weeks with diligent home therapy. For a grade 3 hamstring tear or strain, recovery may be as long as three months. Returning to sports before the injury is fully healed can cause more severe injuries.
How do you heal a pulled hamstring in 2 days?
- Rest the leg.
- Ice your leg to reduce pain and swelling.
- Compress your leg.
- Elevate your leg on a pillow when you’re sitting or lying down.
- Take anti-inflammatory painkillers.
- Practice stretching and strengthening exercises if your doctor/physical therapist recommends them.