Hammstring strain time for recovery

Patient

Q: I am a runner. I pull my left hamstring 5 months ago and since then I haven't been able to totally recovered. I let a few days go and then when I have no pain I start training again slowly but after a few weeks when I am running I feel that sharp pain in the back on my leg, up high close to my butt. How long should I wait since I pull the muscle until I can start training?

Symptoms:  Sharp pain in the back on my leg while running
Doctor

A:   Thank you for writing to us.

It seems that you have injured your muscles. Here are possible causes:
Muscle strain
Ligament injury
Other possibilities if not injured - Muscular dystrophy, Sciatica, Tight muscles.

You can try these things to help you:
Ice the area for 15 mins every hour
Elevate the leg to allow blood to flow back to the heart
Paracetamol/Ibuprofen to reduce the swelling
Massage and stretching and talk to a Physiotherapist

If this doesn't reduce the pain, you need to talk to a Doctor. He should get you a diagnosis. And once the diagnosis is reached, you can start the treatment.

I hope that this will help you. All the best.

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