I tore my hamstring in my last competition. I went to the doctor and he was very vague with his diagnosis and treatment. I then saw my physical therapist and he said is was probably a grade 2 tear. He told me to stretch and still ride the bike. I have been doing this but its super painful and i have to take meds to sleep. Am i over doing it? How long does this kinda stuff take to heal? And is there anything i can do to speed healing? Thanks!
Where on your leg did you pull the hamstring?
If it is up near your butt, then it will take longer to heal; if it is
down towards the knee, then it should heal faster. A really
bad tear (with visible bruising) up near your butt could take
six months to get back to normal; a less severe pull might
take a few weeks.
I'm not a physical therapist, but I have had many pulled
hamstrings in my life. For me, the best way to heal them has
been to do light-moderate aerobic exercise, followed by light
stretching, and then ice. I try to vary the stretch to hit the spot
on the hamstring where it is injured. I also usually get deep
tissue bodywork done once or twice a week for a few weeks,
and that helps a lot. You might find that contrast baths (hot
tub then ice) helps too.