How Long Do I Need to Rest My Hamstring Strain?

IMG_9490How Long Do I Need to Rest My Hamstring Strain?

Expert advice on resting a hamstring strain

Kathy Weber, M.D., M.S.
Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine
Rush University Medical Center

Question:

I recently pulled my hamstring I rested it for two weeks and now one week after resting I’ve strained the same muscle.  How long should I rest it and how much will icing speed up recovery?

Answer:

Research has shown that hamstring strains can take up to 6 to 8 weeks to heal depending on the degree of the injury. Some injuries may take longer if there is a complete tear of the muscle. If you return to your sport before the muscle has healed you risk reinjuring the muscle.

Ice reduces the inflammatory process that takes place when a muscle is injured and will speed up the recovery process.  However, it will not eliminate the need for rest.  Also, physical rehabilitation after a muscle injury may be necessary to assist in returning to the sports activity.  You might consider working wth a physical therapist.

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