The hamstring is used to drive the legs, particularly in sports where rapid acceleration is needed. As a result, damage can be caused if leg muscles are not balanced or controlled properly. So, what puts you at risk of hamstring injuries?
There are some risk factors that come with hamstring injuries such as previous hamstring injuries, increase in age, sudden acceleration and deceleration in sports, poor flexibility and your lower limb biomechanics.
What are the symptoms of a hamstring injury?
Symptoms of hamstring injuries vary depending on the severity but can include:
- Sudden sharp pain in the back of your thigh
- A popping sensation at the time of injury
- Swelling or tenderness of the hamstring
- Pain when bending or straightening the leg like when sitting or walking, especially up stairs
- Muscle tightness
- Pain when you bend your leg
- Bruising when inflammation subsides
- Weakness in the leg
- Difficulty bearing weight on leg and walking
How are hamstring injuries treated?
Initial treatment for hamstring injuries include minimising the pain by using protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation (the PRICE method).
Once the initial swelling and bleeding has stopped recovery can begin, which may include conservative treatments such as;
- Biomechanical assessment from your Podiatrist
- Footwear advice
- Custom made Orthotics
- Laser Therapy
- Tailored exercise regime of stretching & strengthening
In severe cases, such as a complete tear, surgery may be required to repair the damage.
How long will it take to recover?
The recovery time for hamstring injuries depends on the severity of the injury, however minor strains can recover within one or two weeks. More severe damage may take up to three months to heal and restore strength.
Your podiatrist will provide you with a tailored treatment plan for your recovery and return to activity.
If you’re suffering from a hamstring injury, contact our clinic for an assessment and treatment plan. Hamstring injuries can vary in severity, so it is important to ensure that your injury is treated promptly and with the correct diagnosis. Feel free to call Moreland Podiatry on (03) 9383 6633 or book online now.