(HealthDay News) -- Athletes are particularly susceptible to strains or tears of the hamstring, one of three sets of muscles and tendons between the thigh and the knee.
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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says most hamstring injuries can be healed without surgery. The academy offers these examples of potential non-surgical treatments:
- Avoid physical activity, and use crutches if your doctor recommends them.
- Apply ice to the hamstring a few times per day, for up to 20 minutes per session.
- Wrap the hamstring in a compression bandage to help reduce swelling.
- Keep your leg elevated above your heart while resting.
- Wear a splint to keep your leg still, if your doctor recommends this option.
- Get physical therapy.
-- Diana Kohnle
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