It’s that time of the year, with summer sports around the corner, people are pushing themselves that little bit harder with their training until they feel a familiar twinge in the back of the thigh. The dreaded hamstring strain!
Hamstring muscle strains are the most common cause of posterior thigh pain. They have a high recurrence rate, with up to 1/3 of people reinjuring their hamstring most often within the first two weeks of returning to sport. Sports such as AFL, soccer and rugby are all common offenders, with data from the 2015 AFL season showing that hamstring strains remain the leading cause of games missed due to injury.
Hamstring strains usually occur when a sports person is applying significant force to the muscle or by over stretching, often through sprinting or at the end of a kicking motion.
Its that all to familiar sharp stabbing pain in the back of the thigh that tells us its time to see your physio!
The good news is that hamstring strains are becoming better understood and managed, which means we can get you back on the field quicker and for longer. Depending on the severity of your injury the average number of days until return to sport ranges between 8-25 days.
Your physio will set you up with a rehab program that addresses all contributing factors, most commonly muscle length, strength, neural tension and lumbar mobility. Eccentric strength exercises are a important part of any effective hamstring rehab and need to be continued even after the pain settles to prevent that niggle from returning!
If it’s a recent injury that needs to be managed through to the end of the season or a ongoing niggle, please contact The Physio Clinic for an appointment.
For more information, call us on 8342 1233 or click below to book online.
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