Recurrent hamstring injuries- what’s the best treatment?
Are you someone who frequently suffers from hamstring strains and tears? It has been reported the incidence of recurrent hamstring injuries is between 13.9-63.3%. So can you do something to prevent a recurrence?
A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reviewed all the research currently available on recurrent hamstring tears to establish the risk factors and appropriate rehabilitation program.
Although more research is needed on the topic the authors suggested patients with a previous ACL reconstruction, Grade I tear and larger injury volume size on MRI should be treated with caution when returning to sport.
Likewise patients at an increased risk of recurrent injury should incorporate an agility and stabilisation program in combination with strengthening and stretching the hamstring to reduce the risk of recurrence.
The attitude of rest and it will get better may not be the best. To get the best treatment to prevent re-injury visit us for a comprehensive assessment and rehabilitation program.
de Visser, H., Reijman, M., Heijboer, M. & Bos, P. (2012). Risk factors of recurrent hamstring injuries: a systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine 46:124–130. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2011-090317