The semitendinosus hamstring muscle is one of three muscle groups associated with pulled hamstrings. It is one of three posterior femoral hamstring muscles in the thigh.
The semitendinosus is a very long muscle which is located in the posterior and medial of the thigh and connects the ischium to the proximial of the tibia.
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.
The other posterior femoral muscles in the thigh are a part of the hamstring muscle group.
- Biceps femoris muscle
- Semimembranosus muscle
- Semitendinosus muscle
Each muscle plays a part in enabling flexing and movement in the leg and thigh.
Strained Ham String
A 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 any or all of the muscle group.
If you’ve pulled a semitendinosus muscle or hamstring 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.
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.
The pain is more severe and immediate than grade one. There is also pain when the semitendinosus or hamstring muscles are contracted.
This 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 pulled hamstring muscles have been torn through, sometimes leaving a lump of torn muscles.
How To Treat
RICE protocol is the best way to treat torn semitendinosus or hamstring muscles. RICE means – Compression with a bandage to avoid the 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.