The semitendinosus muscle is often noted for its remarkable length and its long tendon. It enables flexing of the leg, extending of the thigh, and medial rotation after flexing takes place.
- Biceps femoris muscle
- Semimembranosus muscle
- Semitendinosus muscle
Each muscle plays a part in enabling flexing and movement in the leg and thigh.
Strained Or Stretched FibersA straining of the semitendinosus muscle or other hamstring muscles, also known as a pulled hamstring can happen after excessive tearing or stretching of the muscle fibers in the semitendinosus muscle or any muscles in the hamstring group.
SymptomsIf you've pulled a semitendinosus muscle or any of the hamstring muscles you will most certainly know it. There are three types or grades of pulled hamstring muscles. Each type is more severe than the one before it.
Grade OneIf you've pulled your semitendinosus muscle, or any of the hamstring muscles you will feel a cramp or tightness and some pain in one or all of the hamstring muscles when they are in use or contracted.Grade one is the least severe.
Grade TwoWith grade two pulled semitendinosus or hamstring muscles the pain is more severe and immediate than grade one. There is also pain when the semitendinosus or hamstring muscles are contracted.
Grade ThreeGrade three pulled semitendinosus or hamstring muscles is far more severe than either of the first two. With this type of pulled semitendinosus or hamstring muscle, a stab or burning sensation may permeate the hamstring muscles and it may not be possible to walk on the affected leg without feeling sharp pain.
With grade three, the semitendinosus or severely pulled hamstring muscles have been torn through, sometimes leaving a lump of torn muscles.
How To TreatRICE protocol is the best way to treat torn semitendinosus or hamstring muscles. RICE means - Compression with a bandage to avoid the muscle location from swelling, and keep the affected limb elevated.
Grade one can take up to 3 weeks to heal, grade 2 can take from 4 to 6 weeks. Grade 3, or complete tears of the semitendinosus or hamstring muscles may require surgery to repair.