So, you’ve torn your hamstring, what’s the next step?
First thing’s first, you’ll want to be getting some ice on that for the first 48 hours to reduce any bleeding that may occur from the tear. Applying an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time on the hour is where you should start.
Next your hamstring is going to go into a protective mode and spasm/shorten to prevent any further damage from happening to it in this acute stage. Once this happens painful trigger points may appear throughout the muscle. Dry needling is an effective method for hamstring injury treatment and is aimed to help minimise and alleviate this pain.
In fact, dry needling benefits patients with muscles tears and the technique is perfect for dealing with hamstring tears as it will break up adhesions within the damaged tissue, reduce neuromuscular pain and provide a natural anti-inflammatory effect.
Needling isn’t done on the tear itself rather in the tissue surrounding it. By removing these “trigger points” we aim to restore normal length in the muscle as quick as possible, providing a great environment within the tissue to allow it to heal with minimal scar tissue, meaning it will be much stronger and more flexible than if simply allowed to heal naturally, helping to prevent re injury in the future.
All of this, combined with a tailored rehab program and a few other chiropractic and physiotherapy treatment modalities such as cold laser will reduce the amount of time you spend injured and get you back doing what you want to do much quicker.
Spinal and Sports care offer a range of muscle tear treatments and hamstring injury physiotherapy methods to manage and alleviate pain. Our sports chiropractic treatments and physiotherapists at Parramatta and Castle Hill are equipped with knowledge and expertise in sports injury management and sprains and strains treatments promoting healing and pain relief.