(HealthDay News) -- A pulled hamstring is a common injury for athletes who play sports such as track, soccer and basketball.
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Most hamstring injuries will heal with rest and won't require surgery, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says.
The academy suggests:
- RICE, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
- Immobilization. Your doctor may recommend wearing a knee splint to help your leg heal.
- Physical therapy. Once the initial pain and swelling go away, physical therapy can help restore range of motion and strength.
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