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What is Proximal Hamstring Tear?
A Proximal Hamstring Tear is a minor strain, partial tear, or complete tear of the hamstring muscles located at the back of the thigh. The hamstring muscles enable us to extend our legs and bend our knees.

Causes of Proximal Hamstring Tears:
Proximal Hamstring Tears are commonly caused by a sudden contraction of the hamstring muscle during strenuous exercise. Hence, individuals who undertake strenuous exercise are more vulnerable to proximal hamstring injuries.
Some common examples include:

  • Baseball players.
  • Gymnasts.
  • Bodybuilders.


Proximal Hamstring Tear Symptoms
Most people who suffer from proximal hamstring tears strain will experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Sharp pain.
  • A pop-up sound or sensation.
  • Difficult moving and bearing weight.
  • Bruising.
  • Swelling and deformity.
  • Pain and discomfort when sitting.


Proximal Hamstring Tear Treatment
The treatment for Proximal Hamstring Tears depends on the severity of the condition. Proximal Hamstring Tears are divided into three categories based on their clinical representation:

  • Grade 1 (mild): over-stretching.
  • Grade 2 (moderate): partial tear.
  • Grade 3 (severe): total rupture.


A grade 1, and in some instances, grade 2 proximal hamstring tear, can be treated through non-surgical treatment options. However, surgery is required for a complete or total tear.

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How Long Does It Take for a Hamstring Tendon to Heal?

  • If you are facing a mild hamstring injury then it may take a week or almost ten days to escape the related symptoms.
  • But if you are facing a hamstring injury from intermediate to severe level then your recovery timeline may extend from six weeks to 10 weeks.

How Do I Know If My Hamstring Is Pulled or Torn?

The symptoms of a pulled or torn hamstring include:

  • Sharp or radiating pain in the hip.
  • A pop-up sound or sensation right after getting injured.
  • Difficulty in moving or inability in bearing weight.
  • Swelling and deformity of the hip joint.
  • Pain and discomfort when sitting.

Do Hamstring Injuries Ever Heal?

  • If you are suffering from a hamstring injury you may get completely healed after duration of twelve weeks.
  • But after a period of four weeks you are able to walk and move freely as the tissue damage may start to repair during this time.

Can a Torn Hamstring Heal on Its Own?

  • Yes, if you are suffering from a minor or mild hamstring injury then there are higher chances of you getting healed without any surgical treatment, however you should consult an orthopedic specialist.
  • You just need to give your legs rest so as to speed up the tissue repair process.
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