Pain In Back of Leg

Published: November 21, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Hi, I’m 16 years old and recently started to feel some pain in my muscle at the back of my leg(bicep femoris muscle). It’s been more than a week and it has barely improved. What should I do?
Signed: Pain In Back of Leg

Dear Pain In Back of Leg,

Bicep femoris muscle pain can occur for several reasons. One of the most common causes is improper weight lifting and/or too strenuous of exercise.  

You did not indicate whether or not you participate in sports/physical activity. If so, TeenHealthFX suggests taking it easy and allowing your muscles time to rest, in order to lessen the likelihood of tearing a muscle or ligament.  

TeenHealthFX recommends the following: 

  • Inform your parents, coach or any trusted adult of this pain, so they can ensure your safety. 
  • If you engage in weight training, be sure to take routine days off. 
  • If you experience this muscle pain during an activity, it is best to stop that activity.   
  • Ice the sore area using indirect ice. (Ex: You can wrap an ice pack in a paper towel)  

FX also suggests browsing the following resources: 

If you find that the pain you are experiencing does not go away, TeenHealthFX recommends scheduling an appointment with your doctor. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center.   

Signed: TeenHealthFX