A hamstring injury is a strain or tear to the tendons or muscles at the back of the thigh.
Hamstring injuries often occur during sudden movements, such as sprinting, lunging or jumping.
Common symptoms of a hamstring injury include sudden pain, tenderness and swelling at the back of your thigh.
Hamstring injuries usually heal on their own in a few days or weeks. Rest your leg, keep it elevated and use cold packs for the first few days.
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