Hamstring Injury Specialists North Providence RI

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Edward Akelman, MD
(401) 457-1500
2 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Business
University Orthopedics Inc
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Elizabeth Gail Matzkin, MD
(401) 398-2595
285 Promenade St
Providence, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1998

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Joseph A Izzi
(401) 353-5520
1351 Smith St
North Providence, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Joseph Anthony Izzi
(401) 353-5550
1351 Smith St
North Providence, RI
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Dr.Michael Wiggins
(401) 459-4001
285 Promenade Street
Providence, RI
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci
Year of Graduation: 1988
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Michael E Wiggins
(401) 459-4001
285 Promenade St
Providence, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael Edward Wiggins, MD
(401) 723-8300
285 Promenade St
Providence, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1988

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Lawrence W Lee
(401) 459-4001
285 Promenade St
Providence, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Christopher Fell Huntington
(401) 272-9500
955 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI
Specialty
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Christopher F Huntington, MD
(401) 272-9500
955 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Roger Williams Med Ctr, Providence, Ri; Our Lady Of Fatima Hosp, N Providence, Ri; St Joseph Health Services, Providence, Ri
Group Practice: Orthopaedic Institute

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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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