One of the most common injuries in sport is the hamstring strain, as the hamstring muscles are very susceptible to tears and strains.
Hamstring strains are most common among sports that require a high degree of speed, power and agility such as football, soccer, basketball and tennis.
Acute hamstring strains occur due to a sudden movement or force being applied to the hamstring muscles. The player is immediately aware of the condition. Sometimes players hear an audible pop.
Surgery may be required to treat the most severe cases. However, in most cases hamstring injuries can be managed with physiotherapy.
We recently treated a patient with a hamstring strain. Have a look at his treatment journey It raises the importance of seeking treatment as early as possible.
SECOND TREATMENT SESSION – 7 post injury
This is what patient’s hamstring looked like at our second physiotherapy/treatment session. There is still significant bruising and bleeding of the hamstring muscle and it is paramount to try and reduce this as soon as possible.
Dynamic Taping was applied by our fully qualified physiotherapist at the 2nd and 3rd treatment sessions to help reduce the bruising and improve walking mechanics. Check out the photo’s for the patient’s results over the 3 treatment sessions.
3RD TREATMENT SESSION – 11 days post injury
As you can see there is significant reduction of the bruising in the leg where the tape was applied. The patient’s walking gait pattern improved significantly.
4TH TREATMENT SESSION – 18 days post injury
Now you can see in the 4th physiotherapy session, there is minimal bruising in the hamstring muscle. It is now time to start some light stretching and strengthening exercises!!