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Yankees “Hurt” With Mark Teixiera Injury

In today’s critical game 5 of the ACLS, the Yankees Mark Teixeira ran down the line to first base and clutched his hamstring before falling safely into first base.  What will this mean for Teixeira?

ANATOMY

The hamstring is a group of muscles that live in the back of the thigh.  The hamstring is made up of four muscles: the semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and biceps femoris.  The hamstring runs from the lower end of the pelvis, down the back of the thigh, and to the top of the leg bone.  These muscles work to extend your hip and flex your knee.

A hamstring strain or pull is a tearing of the muscle fibers.  There are different grades of these injuries.

Grade I – the tearing is microscopic with stretching of the fibers.  Bleeding occurs in the muscle.

Grade II – the tearing is more severe. More bleeding occurs in the muscle.

Grade III – this is a complete tear of the muscle.  This usually requires surgery

Image from: http://beebleblog.com/2007/09/12/leg-stretches-hamstring-stretches/

CAUSES

The hamstring can be strained or pulled in any sporting activities that involved sudden accelerations and decelerations, just like those in basketball, football, baseball, and soccer.

SYMPTOMS

This injury is usually sudden and very painful.  Athletes can experience bruising, pain, swelling, spasms and difficulty contracting the hamstring.  There will be weakness and pain when the hip is extended or the knee flexed.

TREATMENTS

Treatment varies depending on the severity of the injury.  An MRI may be needed to evaluate how badly damaged the muscle is.  Treatment usually includes stopping the athletic activity immediately, rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory.  As the pain gets better, the athlete can start range of motion exercises, massage therapy, and strengthening exercises.  For those with a Grade III injury, surgery may be needed to repair the torn muscle or tendon.

WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE

If an athlete suspects a hamstring injury and is unable to bear weight or is in severe pain, medical evaluation should occur within a few days of the injury.

RETURN TO ACTIVITIES/OUTCOMES

Most athletes will need 3 to 4 weeks before they can come back to play sporting activities.

Teixeira is set to get an MRI within the next day.  If he truly has a hamstring injury, it is unlikely that he will return to post-season play this year.

Dr. P

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