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. 

  1. Localised pain on palpation of the hamstring muscles.

  2. Posterior thigh pain without radicular symptoms and/or diminished flexibility during a passive straight leg raise (SLR).

  3. 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?

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Regenerative phase hamstring exercises

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Functional phase hamstring exercises