Nagging hamstring strain

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  1. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    I strained my left lower gluteus/High left hamstring a month ago and it doesn't want to fully heal. It seems to be taking longer than I expected to heal. Has this happened to any of you, and is it possible for a strain to turn into a chronic problem?
     
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  2. netman

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    Unfortunately, once you injury a hamstring, there is a tendency for it to re-injure at the same site. Best way to prevent re-occurence is to allow sufficient time for it to heal.

    Standard protocol is to ice the injured spot for 18-36 hours. Then begin gentle stretching if no pain presents. If you can stretch it and walk with it for 4-5 days with no pain, then test it with rapid start and stop movements. BTW, this means repeated stops and starts, similar to real tennis play. Once you can do this pain free, you are ready to hit the courts again. But take it easy at first and warm up your legs sufficiently before going full tilt.

    Everyone heals differently, so don't get frustrated if it takes you a bit longer than stated above. BTW, trying to return to full speed action before proper healing can actually make the injury worse, so use common sense.
     
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  3. Aldi Patron

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    I agree with netman. I pulled my hamstring playing softball (I know, right?), then came back too soon and reinjured it. It's tough, but you just have to give it time.
     
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  4. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    Thanks for the help, fellas. I believe I'm past the point of testing. My hamstring isn't perfect, but it's held up well on the courts the last few times I've played. Of course, I've been taking preventative measures like warming up properly and wrapping the strained area.

    One other piece of equipment I've added to my arsenal is the compression short. It may be mental, but I feel the warmth and compression it provides has helped prevent further injury.

    Thanks again for the replies.
     
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