The hamstring is the term given to the group of muscles at the back of the upper legs. They are largely responsible for allowing us to walk and lift heavy weights, so they are one of the biggest groups of muscles in the body. Overwork them, though, and you can cause damage to them.
A pulled hamstring is when there is a tear in the muscle or the tendon attached to the muscle. The tears can vary in severity, meaning a range of symptoms.
Pulled hamstrings most often occur in athletes and are often, but not always, down to the athlete not being sufficiently prepared. Below are 10 pulled hamstring symptoms to be aware of.
Symptom #1: Mild Pain
The severity of a pulled hamstring can vary quite considerably. In many cases, you may be fortunate enough to find that the pain is relatively mild. While it may be uncomfortable, it is not necessarily something that will leave you in agony.
This is not to say that you should not care for the injury, though. You should still take it easy to help the wound to heal, and also to help prevent causing any further damage. If you were planning on going for a run, but you have lightly pulled your hamstring, you should sit it out instead. Running may well leave you sidelined for a lot longer.