Hamstring Injuries

A hamstring strain or pulled hamstring is one of the most common sports injuries. Symptoms of a hamstring strain include a sudden sharp pain at the back of the thigh usually whilst sprinting or during sudden movements. Hamstring strains are graded 1, 2 or 3 depending on their severity. A grade 1 injury includes slight twinges that resolve very quickly whilst a grade 3 injury can result in the athlete being unable walk with swelling and bruising developing soon after.
What are Hamstrings and how do they work?
The hamstrings are the main power-generating muscle of the leg in walking, running and cycling so poor function above or below this muscle will throw extra load onto a structure already working close to its maximum and therefore will result in injury.               
  1. Poor pelvic control, low back function or sacroiliac joint, or sacroiliac joint injuries will result in the hamstring overworking to compensate.   
  2. Poor foot function  - Stiff joints in the foot will cause the hamstring to compensate by working harder or out of sequence resulting in overuse injury.
Assessing and Treating Hamstring Injury
Through a thorough assessment and consultation we will help you to find the cause of this injury and treat it along with advice and exercises to help prevent it recurring. We will assess the pelvic positioning and control during the running cycle which will give us clues into how the power is being transferred through the limb to the ground. Advice will be given on choosing the correct footwear for you, particular sports footwear in order to help prevent injury. 
We often have patients come to us with another injury, say to the back or shoulder. When we are taking the case history they tell us they have a niggling hamstring injury and they have to have it massaged every so often but it can’t be fixed due to their tight hamstrings. More often than not the two injuries are linked and by treating one problem both problems resolve. The shoulder for instance can be overloaded when the athlete has lost confidence in putting too much pressure through the hamstring so relies too heavily on developing power through the trunk and upper body when throwing, resulting in over straining their shoulder. The key is to find out why the hamstring muscle is being overloaded in the first place. 

For more information and advice contact us, we are happy to assist you.


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