Hamstrings tear – a diagnosis to complete recovery


  • The most effective initial management of a hamstrings tear is compression, using a compression bandage or even compression tights
  • Avoid any stretching or lengthened positions, including elevating the leg in sitting, during the first week after injury
  • The hamstrings muscle significantly increases its contribution to movement as the speed of the movement increases. All rehab programs should gradually build in faster movements in sports-specific positions
  • About 70% of hamstrings tears have concurrent nerve irritations, either as a causative factor or as a result of the injury. Testing for and identifying nerve issues early is crucial for effective management


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