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Jack Stewart Haskin, MD
(843) 347-7222
2376 Cypress Cir
Conway, SC
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1978

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Ross Taylor, MD
(843) 347-7222
1400 Highway 544
Conway, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1994

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Jack S Haskin
(843) 347-7222
2376 Cypress Cir Ste 300
Conway, SC
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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William L Mills
(843) 347-7222
2376 Cypress Cir Ste 300
Conway, SC
Specialty
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Jack Stewart Haskin Jr, MD
(843) 347-7222
2376 Cypress Cir
Conway, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Conway Hosp, Conway, Sc
Group Practice: Coastal Orthopaedic Assoc

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Ross N Taylor
(843) 347-7222
2376 Cypress Cir Ste 300
Conway, SC
Specialty
Foot & Ankle Surgery

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Arthur Josephus Preslar, MD
(843) 347-7222
2376 Cypress Cir
Conway, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Conway Hosp, Conway, Sc; Grand Strand Reg Med Ctr, Myrtle Beach, Sc
Group Practice: Coastal Orthopaedic Assoc

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James William Yates Jr, MD
(843) 347-3243
2376 Cypress Cir
Conway, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1977

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Jack Stewart Haskin Jr, MD
(843) 347-7222
2376 Cypress Cir Ste 300
Conway, SC
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Conway Hosp, Conway, Sc
Group Practice: Coastal Orthopaedic Assoc

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Christopher C Elliott, MD
(843) 347-7222
2376 Cypress Cir Ste 300
Conway, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1995

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Hamstring Injuries

A Patient's Guide to Hamstring Injuries

Introduction

The big group of muscles and tendons in the back of the thigh are commonly called the hamstrings. Injuries in this powerful muscle group are common, especially in athletes. Hamstring injuries happen to all types of athletes, from Olympic sprinters to slow-pitch softball players. Though these injuries can be very painful, they will usually heal on their own. But for an injured hamstring to return to full function, it needs special attention and a specially designed rehabilitation program.

This guide will help you understand

  • how the hamstrings work
  • why hamstring injuries cause problems
  • how doctors treat the condition

Anatomy

Where are the hamstrings, and what do they do?

The hamstrings make up the bulk in back of the thigh. They are formed by three muscles and their tendons. The hamstrings connect to the ischial tuberosity, the small bony projection on the bottom of the pelvis, just below the buttocks. (There is one ischial tuberosity on the left and one on the right.) The hamstring muscles run down the back of the thigh. Their tendons cross the knee joint and connect on each side of the shinbone (tibia).

The hamstrings function by pulling the leg backward and by propelling the body forward while walking or running. This is called hip extension. The hamstrings also bend the knees, a motion called knee flexion.

Most hamstring injuries occur in the musculotendinous complex. This is the area where the muscles and tendons join. (Tendons are bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones.) The hamstring has a large musculotendinous complex, which partly explains why hamstring injuries are so common.

When the hamstring is injured, the fibers of the muscles or tendon are actually torn. The body responds to the damage by producing enzymes and other body chemicals at the site of the injury. These chemicals produce the symptoms of swelling and pain.

In a severe injury, the small blood vessels in the muscle can be torn as well. This results in bleeding into the muscle tissue. Until these small blood vessels can repair themselves, less blood can flow to the area. With this reduced blood flow, the muscles cannot begin to heal.

The chemicals that are produced and the blood clotting are your body's way of healing itself. Your body heals the muscle by rebuilding the muscle tissue and by forming scar tissue. Carefully stretching and exercising your injured muscle helps maximize the building of muscle tissue as you heal.

In rare cases, an injury can cause the muscle and tendons to tear away from the bone. This happens most often where the hamstring tendons attach to the ischial tuberosity. These tears, called avulsions, sometimes require surgery.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Knee Anatomy

Causes

How do hamstring injuries occur?

Hamstring injuries happen when the muscles are stretched too far. Sprinting and other fast or twisting m...

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