The recovery time of a hamstring injury varies depending on the nature of the injury, whether it is a pull, tear or strain and the exact degree of the particular injury. The level or extent of the hamstring injury is directly proportional to the duration it takes for the injury to fully heal. Below are some of the degrees that determine the time needed for recovery:
Grade 1 injury (Mild)
This type of injury comes with no or very minimal pain. The victim’s movement is not hindered at all, the extent of bruising is next to negligible with no swelling and there is no internal bleeding as the injury is so minute. The victims of such mild injuries do not know they have an injury immediately but might notice after a while when the tear advance or when they visit a health clinic and undergo tests. This can take roughly a week to fully heal without any ill effects thereafter.
Grade 2 injury (Moderate)
This grade is characterized by some pain with restricted movement and a tingling, unsettling sensation in the leg. There is minimal interior bleeding which causes bruising and swelling of the affected area. This level or degree of injury normally takes between 2 to 4 weeks to fully heal itself without any unwarranted pressure being applied on the leg.
Grade 3 injury (Severe)
This is the most serious degree or level which is accompanied by extensive bruising, excruciating pain and total immobility in most cases. The muscle damage is too big and the victim usually requires an assistive device like crutches to move. The swelling is advanced and the internal bleeding can be so bad that the victim can faint from the serious loss of blood. This type of hamstring injury requires the intensive treatment methods to fully face any chance of complete recovery. This means the healing period can last at least 2 months.
To minimize the recovery time drastically, it is advisable to adopt physical therapy. Following rehabilitation programs is also another useful way of greatly ensuring the healing process is reduced. However, beware that pushing yourself to the limit to achieve faster recovery can, in most cases, backfire badly because the excess stress during exercising can re-injure the hamstring and take you back to stage one or worse lead to permanent damage. A re-damaged hamstring is very difficult to repair especially if the original injury was severe.
It is wise to follow the directions outlined by a medical practitioner or doctor to the latter as ignoring some of the advice may negatively affect and distort your healing time. Disobeying the instructions because you feel better can prolong the period you need to gain a full recovery and function of the injured area. The best advice on how long a hamstring injury can take to heal for both regular trainers and ordinary individuals should be sourced from a certified doctor and medical personnel.
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