Hamstring Rupture Treatment
Treatment for a hamstring rupture depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment usually includes rest, cold compresses, elevation, crutches, and an elastic wrap. Other treatment measures include physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, and surgery. A hamstring rupture requires 6-8 weeks to heal.
Treatment options for a hamstring rupture include:
- Elastic wrap
- Cold compresses:
- Apply for 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times per day
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Physical therapy for hamstring rupture
- Surgery for ruptured hamstring:
- To repair severe ruptures
Hamstring Rupture Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a hamstring rupture.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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