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Pulled Hamstring

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Meat-O-Rama, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    This is embarrassing, but anyway...

    So at the end of flag football practice yesterday I was doing sprints with the kids on the team. Towards the end of the last one I felt my left hamstring pull. From my own self diagnosis, I'd call it a grade 1.5 or so.

    My question is, should I see a Dr. right away? Or continue to RICE it and see the doc if it doesn't start feeling better?

    Am I going to be more prone to pulling that same hammy again?

    Did it happen more because I wasn't warmed up, or more because I have become a sedentary piece of crap?
     
  2. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I have the same issue. Rest it long enough and you will be fine. Hydrate and stretch.
     
  3. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    When I shredded mine different story anti-inflammatory RICE and stretching. After it healed no lingering issues
     
  4. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Ice it to keep the swelling out and later heat to take the soreness out. It is always good to do some warm up exercise and stretching before you plan on doing things like sprinting especially as you get older
     
  5. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Amputate!
     
  6. SC Cowboyfan

    SC Cowboyfan Member

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    might wanna try to keep the leg elevated when possible and take some meds for the swelling and/or pain.

    If its grade I it should be fine in about 2 weeks.
     
  7. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    Not a bad idea, then I could use it as a club...

    "Don't make me beat you kids with my own leg!"
     
  8. TheKey

    TheKey Faster than Felix

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    I think the real issue here is why were you still practicing so late into the day? Wade obviously does not know how to handle you.
     
  9. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    A doctor isn't going to do much for you in all honesty.
     
  10. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    He'd be better off not heating it.

    Just ice it and take some aspirin for the soreness.
     
  11. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    Initially RICE - wouldn't bother with stretching in the very early phase. You can use an anti-inflammatory for pain relief if you wish.

    Once it has settled down it is important to return it to its proper resting length and strengthen it up.

    You're probably better off with a sports physio then a doctor unless you're uncertain of the diagnosis - unlikely to be anything else under this scenario.
     
  12. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    Couldn't you just use tendon cream?
     
  13. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    The orthopedics doctor says stretching is one of the best things it keeps it from tightening it up and it helps your recovery. That was straight from a doctors mouth
     
  14. Cowboy Brian

    Cowboy Brian 3.141529 Zone Supporter

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    good luck healing
     
  15. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the degree and stage of recovery.

    I can't say I'm a big believer in the first phase until pain and swelling have settled down. If it is a very minor strain, stretching can begin after a couple of days. For a more major strain, you're usually looking at more like 3-7 days. For a full tear, stretching is probably inadvisable.

    You are very unlikely to lose much significant ROM in this sort of time frame.

    The best advice is to see a sport physio and learn proper warm-up and bring the muscles back to full length and in proper balance. Any biomechanical problems that you may have may also need to be addressed before return to full sporting activity.
     
  16. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    Ice and tensor bandage probably much more useful in the short run.

    You could use a topical anti-inflammatory but if there are no contraindications to oral NSAIDs, you're probably just better off with the pills for a large area that can be embedded deep under the skin.
     
  17. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    Rubbing on some icy hot and applying a compression bandage has helped today. I'm fully mobile with only a minor limp. Looks like the legectomy will not be necessary.
     

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