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Hamstring injuries. How you can 'ham'prove it?

The hamstrings are a group of three muscles located in the back of the thigh that play a crucial role in hip and knee movement. These muscles are responsible for bending the knee and extending the hip, and are commonly used in activities such as running, jumping, and cycling. Hamstring injuries are common among athletes and active individuals, and can be a source of significant pain and discomfort. Fortunately, physiotherapy can play a crucial role in helping you recover from a hamstring injury and regain full function in your leg.


Types of Hamstring Injuries

There are several different types of hamstring injuries, including strains, contusions, and tears. A strain, also known as a pulled muscle, occurs when the muscle fibers are stretched or torn. Contusions, or bruises, occur when the muscle is hit or struck, causing internal bleeding and pain. A tear occurs when the muscle fibers are completely ruptured, and can be a result of a sudden, intense injury or overuse.

Symptoms of a Hamstring Injury

The symptoms of a hamstring injury can vary depending on the severity of the injury, but may include pain, swelling, weakness, and stiffness in the affected area. In more severe cases, you may also experience bruising, instability, or difficulty moving the affected leg.

How Physiotherapy Can Help

If you have suffered a hamstring injury, physiotherapy can help you recover and regain full function in your leg. Our physiotherapists can help you manage your symptoms, reduce pain and swelling, and improve strength and flexibility in the affected area.

One of the key components of physiotherapy for hamstring injuries is the use of manual therapy techniques. This can include joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and massage to help reduce pain and swelling, and improve range of motion.

Another important aspect of physiotherapy is the use of exercises to help you regain strength and stability in the affected area. Our physiotherapists can prescribe specific exercises that target the hamstrings and other muscles in the leg, to help you regain normal function and prevent future injuries.

In addition to these manual therapy techniques and exercises, your physiotherapist may also use modalities such as heat or ice therapy, ultrasound/shockwave, and electrical stimulation to help manage pain and swelling.

Rehabilitation and Return to Sport

After a hamstring injury, it's important to follow a comprehensive rehabilitation program to help you make a full recovery and prevent future injuries. This may include a gradual return to physical activity and sport, under the guidance of our physiotherapists.

Our physiotherapists can work with you to develop a customized rehabilitation program that takes into account your specific needs and goals. This may include a combination of exercises, manual therapy, and other treatments to help you regain full function in your leg and return to your desired level of physical activity.

Prevention is Key

In addition to treatment, it's also important to take steps to prevent future hamstring injuries. Our physiotherapists can provide you with tips and strategies to help you prevent hamstring injuries, such as incorporating stretching and strengthening exercises into your routine, wearing proper footwear, and gradually increasing your physical activity.

A hamstring injury can cause pain, weakness, and instability in the leg, making it difficult to perform even basic activities. Fortunately, with the help of physiotherapy, you can make a full recovery and regain full function in your leg. If you have suffered a hamstring injury, don't wait to seek treatment. Book in a physiotherapist session today to start your journey to recovery.


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