Our St. George chiropractors can manage nearly all hamstring injuries with the conservative care we provide. Hamstring recoveries vary based on several factors, including the specific location of the injury
About hamstring Strains
Your hamstrings, a group of muscles situated at the back of your leg, play a vital role in flexing your knee and moving your heel towards your buttocks. However, when these muscles or tendons are pushed beyond their limits and begin to fray, it is referred to as a “strain” or “pulled” muscle. This strain can result in bruising, swelling, pain, and a decrease in functionality.
Among all lower body muscle injuries, hamstring strains exhibit the highest recurrence rate, with up to 33% of individuals experiencing reinjury within the first few weeks after returning to sports activities. This vulnerability is particularly pronounced in sprinters due to the elongated stride length they employ. Overcoming this injury typically requires intensive rehabilitation and movement training, which can extend up to four months before a return to sports or regular activities becomes feasible.
Most runners strain their hamstrings just before their lead foot hits the ground, as this is when the tension on the hamstring reaches its peak. The healing process for injured muscles often results in reduced flexibility and impaired coordination, underscoring the importance of proper recovery and rehabilitation. By adhering to a comprehensive recovery plan, you can significantly reduce the risk of reinjury and pave the way for a successful return to your desired level of physical activity.
Signs & Symptoms of Hamstring Strains
The symptoms of a hamstring strain can vary depending on the extent of tissue damage. In over 90% of cases, these strains occur suddenly and are accompanied by sensations such as tearing, burning, or popping. Consequently, immediate pain is often felt just below the buttocks. Symptoms tend to worsen with movements that stretch the hamstrings, such as straightening the leg or flexing forward.
Hamstring injuries are more likely to occur when the muscles are fatigued from activity or when they are overworked due to compensatory mechanisms that place excessive strain on the hamstrings. Factors that can contribute to this imbalance include weak glutes, significantly stronger quadriceps muscles in comparison to the hamstrings, or inadequate core strength. Such conditions can predispose individuals to hamstring injuries.
Your Visit With us
At Crux Sport & Spine, your journey to pain relief and improved well-being begins with our comprehensive approach. We prioritize your health by conducting a thorough movement-based assessment during each visit, enabling us to identify any crucial factors contributing to your pain. Combining targeted muscle release techniques with chiropractic adjustments, we work to release tension in your muscles, facilitating improved movement and an overall sense of well-being.
But our care doesn’t end there. After your adjustment, we take you to our dedicated rehab area, where we empower you with the tools to extend the benefits of your session beyond our clinic. Through personalized stretches and exercises tailored to your specific needs and goals, we equip you with the knowledge and techniques to continue your progress at home.
Experience the exceptional chiropractic care and expertise at Crux Sport & Spine. Take the first step towards a pain-free and healthier life by visiting us today!