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Hamstring Strain

Hamstring Strain

A hamstring strain is a sudden sharp pain at the back of the thigh. It is caused by injury to one or more of the three muscles at the back of the thigh or the tendons of these muscles at the back of the knee. At HealthQuest, we offer effective nonsurgical treatment for this painful injury which is common in sports involving sprinting and jumping.

As an established sports injuries treatment center in New York, HealthQuest has an experienced team of pain management physicians. Specialists in various disciplines, they help patients restore their abilities quickly and return to all the activities they enjoy.


In a hamstring strain, the involved muscles or tendons get overstretched. The nature of the injury can range from a simple strain to a partial or complete tear. Symptoms may include:

  • A sudden, sharp pain in the back of the thigh with a popping or tearing sensation
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Inability to stand on the injured leg


Identifying the location and intensity of the pain is necessary to determine the extent and nature of the damage. Therefore, the first step in diagnosing the condition is a physical exam to check for swelling and areas of tenderness along the back of the thigh as well as for muscle, ligament and tendon damage. Our physicians may also use X-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to confirm the diagnosis and evaluate the extent of the damage.


We provide patients with customized treatment plans based on the type and severity of the injury and their individual needs and goals. Therapy will begin with measures to reduce the pain and swelling, progressing to modalities to improve flexibility and range of motion, and to prevent future injury. The nonsurgical options that form part of a typical treatment plan for hamstring strain include the following:

  • Ice application
  • Cold compression therapy (Game Ready)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS)
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Massage
  • Exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Rehabilitation

The length of the recovery time will depend on how severe the injury is. Our sports medicine specialists will also guide patients on hamstring injury prevention.

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To schedule a consultation at our healthcare center in Brooklyn, NY, or to learn more about our pain treatments, call 718-769-2521 or send an email to We accept most major medical insurance plans as well as Medicare, No-Fault, and Workers’ Compensation.