- 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.
How long does a strained hamstring take to heal?
Recovery from a hamstring tear or strain
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.
Should I stretch a strained 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.
What are three signs of a strained hamstring?
A hamstring injury typically causes a sudden, sharp pain in the back of the thigh. There might also be a “popping” or tearing sensation. Swelling and tenderness usually develop within a few hours. There might be bruising or a change in skin color along the back of the leg.