Usually the hamstring is stretched beyond its normal limits leading to a tear in the muscle. There are three levels a grade I,II & III. Depending on the severity of tear the time to return to sporting activity will vary.
Signs & symptoms:
- Sudden sharp pain in the hamstring
- Pain when stretching the hamstring
- Hamstring on muscle testing
The immediate treatment includes POLICE, Protect, optimal loading, ice, compression and elevation. Depending on the severity of the tear it can take anywhere from 6 weeks to a few months to return to full fitness. Physiotherapy promotes gradual increases in length and strength of the affected muscle while address any imbalances that may have contributed to the injury in the first place. If there is a complete tear surgical intervention may be required.