Biceps Femoris Muscle Strain
Origin and Insertion of Biceps Femoris Muscle
Biceps Femoris Muscle is located behind the thigh and is made up of two parts which is the long head which is attached to the lower part of the hip bone and the short head which is attached to femur. The long head of the Biceps Femoris Muscle belongs to the hamstring muscle group and is present in the posterior part of the thigh.
The main function of the Biceps Femoris Muscle is to facilitate knee flexion along with knee internal and external rotation along with hip extension. There can be various reasons because of which the Biceps Femoris Muscle can get injured or damaged the most common of which being improper lifting technique and overuse which may result in torn ligaments causing pain and difficulty with movement.
Signs and Symptoms of Biceps Femoris Muscle Strain
Some of the symptoms of Strain or Injury to the Biceps Femoris Muscle are:
- Pain behind the knee
- Pain in the outer part of the knee radiating to the outer part of thigh
- Pain with ambulation
- Pain behind the legs when rising from a sitting position can be a sign of Biceps Femoris Muscle Strain.
What Can Cause Strain of the Biceps Femoris Muscle?
Some of the activities that can cause strain of the Biceps Femoris Muscle are:
- Prolonged sitting can put undue pressure on the hamstrings
- Athletes who overuse the hamstring muscles and do not have proper technique, especially those sportsmen who are involved with sports like Football, swimming, or cycling.
Risk Factors of Biceps Femoris Muscle Strain
Some of the medical conditions that can be caused due to a Strained Biceps Femoris Muscle are:
- Hamstring tear
- Ischial tuberosity bruising
- Cauda equina syndrome.
What is the Treatment for Biceps Femoris Muscle Strain?
Some of the treatments for Biceps Femoris Muscle Strain are:
Cold Therapy: Utilizing Biofreeze Gel goes a long way in helping with treatment of Biceps Femoris Muscle Strain. This is mostly used in a fresh injury or strain as it immediately cools the area and prevents swelling from developing in the area. Literature has shown that Biofreeze has healed injuries to the Biceps Femoris Muscle twice quickly than normal application of ice and the pain relief is more longer lasting. This gel is used by rubbing it at the injured site up to the ankle.
Warm Therapy: This type of therapy can also be used for treating an injured Biceps Femoris Muscle. This gel provides adequate warmth to the injured area without actually burning the area. It works fantastically well in relieving pain and stiffness post an injury to the Biceps Femoris Muscle. This gel needs to be put at the bottom of the foot and rubbed through to the ankle for best results. It should be noted here that warm therapy should never be used when using ice packs or heat packs as this may result in blistering of the skin
Thigh and Knee Wrap: This wrap comes in the form of a gel pack which is adjustable and gives you proper fit and compresses the Biceps Femoris Muscle to allow it to heal. It also helps in reducing pain and swelling if present.
Compression Shorts: These types of shorts also compress the Biceps Femoris Muscle and facilitate early healing of the strained Biceps Femoris Muscle. It also helps in reducing swelling.