What are the Hamstring Muscles?
The hamstring muscle is made up of 3 different muscles namely the Semi-membranous, Semi-tendinous and the Biceps Femoris.
What is a Hamstring tear?
This involves a damage to the muscle fibers or tendons. These tears can be of different grades. The grades are:
- Grade I – Hurts only when running
- Grade II – Hurts on walking
- Grade III – Needs a walking aid to weight bear.
Generally occurs when the muscle is under load such as in running or jogging. This may feel like a small twinge or a severe pain depending on the grade of the tear. Bruising and inflammation generally follow the onset of pain.
Causes of Injury
- Inflexibility of the muscle
- Imbalance between the Quadriceps and the Hamstring muscles as they counter each other in sprinting.
- Weakness of the muscle
- Over- stretch combined with lack of warm up.
- Grade I – 10-12 days
- Grade II – 3-4 weeks
- Grade III – 8-12 weeks.
Disclaimer: The information is for informative purposes and not to replace proper treatment. For more information or to book an appointment please contact Sydney Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic