Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hamstring Rupture Underlying Cause

A hamstring rupture is caused by a force that overloads the muscles in the back of the thigh: the muscle fibers tear, which results in swelling and pain. Most hamstring ruptures are caused by sports that require sprinting or jumping.

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Last Updated: Feb 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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