The hamstrings are a group of muscles located in the back of the thigh that act primarily upon the hip and knee. Hamstring pulls are common athletic injuries that refer to excessive stretching or tearing of muscle tissue. Patients with hamstring injuries usually describe acute pain in the back of the thigh or in the buttock region.
Treatment depends on the severity of injury. Incomplete tears are treated with rest, icing, activity modification, physical therapy and a gradual return to play. In certain instances, where the pain is a result of a partial tendon tear or from tendinopathy (“chronic wear and tear” on the tendon), platelet rich plasma (PRP) may be helpful in treating the underlying condition. Complete tears may need surgical intervention and a longer recovery period.