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Kyle Lotz - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hamstring Issues:

Whether you’re an athlete or not, hamstring issues can make life difficult in one way or another. If you’re not an athlete then short, tight hamstrings may be reducing your ability to move your legs properly, and be contributing to back and hip problems. Athletes tend to suffer hamstring injuries very often, with varying severity and also with a good deal of pain and recovery time involved.

It is important to note that many of the more common hamstring injuries could have been avoided. In these cases the cause is commonly “no or improper warm up routine”, or “inadequate strength and/or flexibility in the muscle”. So by conditioning your hamstrings, you can limit the chances of hurting yourself like this. Here are some tips on how to do it:

  • 1.Stretching may not be good for everything, but in the case of maintaining or restoring hamstring function a good stretch may help. Try stretching the hamstrings by lying on your back with your foot against the wall, to prevent straining your lumbar spine. You can stretch the hamstring by straightening your knee, gently with your hand if necessary.
  • 2.If you’re an athlete needing to warm up, or are in the pain-free stages of recovery from previous injury, look into using Nordic curls as a researched-backed tool in hamstring maintenance. Anything non-risky that involves lengthening the muscle has been to help.

If you’re already suffering with pain in the back of your thigh, or something popped, went into spasm or hurt after a kick, jump or sprint, make sure to have it checked out. You may have a hamstring strain or tear, or it may be referred from the back or glutes. With the right treatment and healing time it won’t slow you down. Give Kyle a call and we can help.

Sources:

Hamstring injuries: prevention and treatment—an update by Peter Brukner

Hamstring Strain Clinical Presentation by Jeffrey M Heftler, MD (and associates)