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Mild injuries to your hamstring can often be treated at home using the RICE method:

  • Rest - avoid any strenuous activity
  • Ice - wrap an ice pack in a tea towel and apply for 20 minutes several times per day
  • Compression - use a compression bandage to help control and swelling
  • Elevate - elevate your leg slightly when sitting or lying down.

Over the counter medication such as ibuprofen or paracetamol may help to your symptoms. Once your pain is controlled your GP may refer you for physical therapy to help keep your hamstrings toned and stretched.

In the case of a more serious tear or detachment, your consultant may recommend surgical repair. Torn muscles can be stitched together.  A tendon that has torn away from the bone can be surgically reattached using stitches or staples.

Recovery following any hamstring repair will require rest and rehabilitation. You may need to work with a physical therapist to regain strength and tone in your hamstrings. They will also advise you on exercises to prevent further hamstring injury.

Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
Overall rating Good
Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
Overall rating Outstanding
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
Overall rating Good
North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
Overall rating Good
Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
Overall rating Good
Woking  

Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

01483 227800
Overall rating Good
Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
Overall rating Good

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