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Pulled Hamstring
(Hamstring Injury) Topic Guide

Pulled Hamstring (Hamstring Injury) Pulled Hamstring (Hamstring Injury): A pulled hamstring is a strain of the hamstring muscle. A hamstring pull may be caused by walking, running, or even walking down steps. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and tenderness with possible bleeding and bruising. Treatment involves rest, icing the pull, compression with an Ace wrap, and elevating the injury. It may be necessary to avoid weight-bearing activities with the use of crutches.

Pulled Hamstring (Hamstring Injury) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

aspirin (oral) Aspirin (oral)

Aspirin is a salicylate (sa-LIS-il-ate). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation...learn more »

acetaminophen (oral/rectal) Acetaminophen (oral/rectal)

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and a fever reducer. There are many brands and forms of acetaminophen available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet...learn more »

ibuprofen Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Ibuprofen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »