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Top 3 Moderate Hamstring Pain Causes

  1. 1.Femoral Stress Fracture

    A femoral stress fracture is a small crack in the thigh bone (femur). These fractures are most often a result of overuse and are commonly seen with an increase in activity. Stress fractures of the thigh bone are much less common than those of the shin bone (tibia), but nonetheless do occur in high-risk groups such as athletes and military recruits.

    You need to get your injury checked by a physician, sometimes a MRI scan is needed to confirm the diagnosis. It may be helpful to consult with a physical therapist as well. The treatment for a stress fracture involves avoiding repeated stress on the leg, which means cutting down on high-intensity activity. Exercise that puts less repeated stress on the leg, such as cycling or swimming, is recommended.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dull, achy hip pain, pain in one thigh, thigh pain, spontaneous hip pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Hamstring Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises.

    You can treat this at home with R.I.C.E - rest (exercise as tolerated), ice (10-20 minutes at a time), compression (this is pretty optional), and elevation (put your feet up to help blood flow back to the heart using gravity).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hamstring pain from an injury, hamstring injury, pain in one hamstring, hamstring swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with hamstring bruise:
    hamstring injury, hamstring pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Pulmonary Embolism

    A pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in an artery in the lungs. It is a serious condition that can cause permanent damage to the affected lung, low oxygen levels in your blood, or damage to other organs in your body from not getting enough oxygen.

    Call 911 immediately. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate diagnosis and treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, cough, fever, being severely ill, wheezing
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Moderate Hamstring Pain

  • Q.Do you run for exercise or sport?
  • Q.Is your upper leg pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.While you are standing, take a look at your knees. Do they appear to bend towards each other, rather than follow a straight line along your legs? (Knock-kneed)
  • Q.Did you recently injure your knee?

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