Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ruptured Hamstring Evaluation

The evaluation of a hamstring rupture is based on a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a hamstring rupture may include:

  • Muscle tenderness in one or more hamstring muscles
  • Muscle swelling
  • Bruising
  • Defect (due to muscle torn in two) in the muscles

The diagnosis of hamstring rupture is usually made during physical exam.

Tests that may be used to evaluate hamstring rupture include:

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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