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The best hamstring strain treatment in Ipoh

the best hamstring strain treatment in Ipoh

A hamstring strain is a common leg injury involving a tear in one or more of the hamstring

muscles. A hamstring strain can range from mild to very severe involving a complete tear of the

hamstring muscle.

You have four hamstring muscles: semimembranosus and semitendinosus (medially) and biceps

femoris - short and long heads (laterally).

What Causes a Hamstring Strain?

Common reasons for hamstring strain or injury can be categorised as primary or secondary.

Primary

Poor timing-intermuscular coordination and eccentric strength in the hamstring muscles during

the switch between late leg recovery and initial leg approach in the swing phase of sprinting

(Woods et al. 2004).

Lack of “stiffness” and eccentric strength in the hamstring muscles during the ground contact

phase of running (Bosch and Klomp 2005). “Stiffness” refers to the ability of the hamstring

muscle to absorb shock and rebound. Dropping a golf ball onto concrete is an example of

stiffness, it immediately rebounds off the surface.

Previous hamstring strain is a very good indicator of potential for future injury (Crosier 2004).

Secondary

  • Poor running mechanics. This consists primarily of overstriding or poor pelvic control, 

  • which puts the hamstrings in a vulnerable position at ground contact.

  • Improper warm-up. Your warm-up must be active and dynamic to prepare the 

  • hamstring muscles for the forces involved. Passive stretching is only one segment of warm-up.

  • Inappropriate training loads. Your hamstrings are primarily fast twitch Type II

  •  fibres that fatigue quickly. High-speed work should be done early in the workout, 

  • as close to warm-up as possible to avoid fatigue.

  • Fatigue (neural and local muscle).

  • Lower back pathology. Abnormalities of the lumbar spine or poor pelvic control that 

  • can cause nerve dysfunction and subsequent muscle weakness can predispose you to injury.

  • Playing surfaces. A wet slippery surface will put more strain on the hamstring due to slipping.

What are the Symptoms of a Hamstring Strain?

Mild hamstring strains may feel more like a tightness or low-grade ache in your hamstring.

Severe hamstring strains can be extremely painful, making it impossible to walk or even stand.

Other possible symptoms of a hamstring strain are:

  • Sudden and severe pain during exercise, along with a snapping or popping feeling.
  • Pain in the back of the thigh and lower buttock when walking, straightening the leg, 
  • or bending over.
  • Hamstring tenderness.
  • Bruising.

How is a Hamstring Strain Diagnosed?

On examination, your physiotherapist or sports doctor will look for signs of pain on hamstring

contraction, reduced hamstring flexibility, tenderness or a palpable lump or gap within the

hamstring muscle bulk. Pulled hamstrings are graded 1, 2 or 3 depending on severity.

Ultrasound scan and MRI are able to identify the location and extent of your hamstring tear.

Grade 1 Hamstring Strain

With a grade 1 hamstring strain, you may have tightness in the back of the thigh but will be

able to walk normally. You will be aware of some hamstring discomfort and unable to run

at full speed. There will be mild swelling and spasm. Bend your knee against resistance is

unlikely to reproduce much pain.

Grade 2 Hamstring Strain

With a grade 2 hamstring strain, your walking pattern will be affected and you will most

likely be limping. Sudden twinges of hamstring pain during activity will be present.

You may notice some hamstring muscle swelling and your hamstring will be tender to palpate.

It will also be painful for you to bend your knee against resistance.

Grade 3 Hamstring Strain

A grade 3 hamstring strain is a severe injury involving a tear to half or all of the hamstring

muscle. You may need crutches to walk and will feel severe pain and weakness in the muscle.

Swelling will be noticed immediately and bruising will usually appear within 24 hours.

Diagnostic MRI may also be used to specifically identify the grade of hamstring tear and its

exact location.

Beware of Referred Hamstring Pain!

Due to your sciatic nerve passing through the hamstring muscle group, a lower back injury

or some other injury that pinches the sciatic nerve can replicate the symptoms.

It is therefore vital that you seek a professional diagnosis from an expert in hamstring

and back injuries.

Please Visit us for consultation and treatment 

Wong Medical Centre 

the best hamstring strain treatment in Ipoh

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