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Ronald A Pruitt, MD
(336) 227-3621
316 N Graham Hopedale Rd
Burlington, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Philip Edward Higgs, MD
(919) 932-9980
6520 Union Grove Church Rd
Hillsborough, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1974

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Madeline Serrano, DDS
(919) 493-4911
2919 Colony Rd
Hillsborough, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Edouard F Armour
(336) 538-1234
1234 Huffman Mill Rd
Burlington, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John T Vossers, DDS
(336) 227-2733
1616 Memorial Dr
Burlington, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Edward Lloyd Hines, MD
(336) 584-5544
PO Box 209
Burlington, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1970

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William Alan Somers, MD
(919) 245-3000
3634 Sparrow Hawk Crst
Hillsborough, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1972

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Benjamin F Lowe, DDS
(336) 226-8417
306 Alamance Rd Ste C
Burlington, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Howard Edward Miller, MD
(336) 584-5544
1236 Huffman Mill Rd Ste 1300
Burlington, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1974

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Edouard Fitzroy Armour, MD
(336) 538-1234
1234 Huffman Mill Rd
Burlington, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1995
Hospital
Hospital: Alamance Reg Med Ctr, Burlington, Nc
Group Practice: Kernodle Clinic Inc

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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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