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Hamstring injuries

What is a hamstring injury?

A hamstring injury is a strain or tear to the tendons or large muscles at the back of the thigh.

This type of injury is common in athletes and can occur in different severities. The three grades of hamstring injury are:

    •    grade 1 – a mild muscle pull or strain

    •    grade 2 – a partial muscle tear

    •    grade 3 – a complete muscle tear

The length of time it takes to recover from a hamstring strain or tear will depend on how severe the injury is.

A minor muscle pull or strain (grade 1) may take a few days to heal, whereas it could take weeks or months to recover from a complete muscle tear (grade 3).

How do we treat hamstring injuries at the Mansfield Clinic?

This depends on the exact nature of injury, and careful diagnosis is important. Dr Allfree will give you a thorough assessment and diagnosis, and advise you accordingly. Third degree muscle tears usually require surgical repair, and surgical follow-up can be arranged for you. First and second degree tears are treated with an appropriate rehabilitation programme. This is especially important for the injured athlete, and if you are intending to return to sport Dr Allfree will give you the appropriate professional advice to aid recovery, give you a specific exercise programme to help prevent you from tearing the same muscle again.

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