Physio Penrith Hamstring Injury Treatment
Treatment of a Hamstring Injury at Sydney Muscle & Joint Physio Penrith
What are the different types of hamstring injuries?
A hamstring injury can be categorised as a strain or tear to the tendons or large muscles of the posterior of the thigh and most hamstring injuries are accepted as multifactorial and complex. Hamstring injuries have been described as having a sprinting-type or stretching-type mechanism, with the later taking longer to heal. The literature states that nearly 1 out of 3 hamstring injuries will recur, weeks within an athlete's return to sport. At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic our physiotherapists use high load isometrics and eccentric exercises to help increase capacity and resilience.
What are the diagnostic criteria for a hamstring injury?
Often when we consider a muscle strain injury we think of three main signs and symptoms - pain on palpation, pain on stretch or lengthening and pain on muscle contraction. If clinical examination revealed 2 or more of the following findings, with respect to the non-injured side. A hamstring strain was confirmed.
Localised pain on palpation of the hamstring muscles.
Posterior thigh pain without radicular symptoms and/or diminished flexibility during a passive straight leg raise (SLR).
Pain and/or weakness with resisted knee flexion at 15° measured with a handheld dynamometer (min difference of 20% between legs).
What are the two main phases of rehabilitation for a hamstring strain injury?
Regenerative phase hamstring exercises