Hamstring Strains: From Onset to Rehabilitation with Sports Therapy in Guildford – Part 2

Initial Management of a Hamstring Strain with Sports Therapy in Guildford

After sustaining a hamstring strain, timely and appropriate management is key to minimising damage and promoting healing and recovery. In part two of our series looking into hamstring strains, we are exploring the steps involved in the initial management of a hamstring strain and how our team at seventy9 Sports Therapy in Guildford can help you.

Primary Care
Rest from aggravating activities and supported elevation form the cornerstones of initial management after a hamstring strain. Our management protocols in recent years have moved away from the “RICE protocol”, but ice can still be used within the first 72 hours due to it’s analgesic benefits as well as it’s promotion of vasoconstriction, however outside of this 72 hour window we try to move patients onto a hot-cold protocol to promote fluid transfer and improve the flow of inflammatory fluid out of the effected area, rather than just trying to stop it entering the injury site. In the same vein, our team at seventy9 Sports Therapy in Guildford are proponents of safe and early movement interventions, hence the term “rest from aggravating activities” rather than complete rest. If we can promote healing and maintain as much function as possible during the first 1-2 weeks post injury, we are generally going to be setting up patients well for the next phase of rehabilitation.

Professional Evaluation
Seeking prompt evaluation by a sports therapist in Guildford – such as our team at seventy9 Sports Therapy – is crucial for understanding the severity of the injury and beginning to build a return to play protocol and effective treatment plan. 

Imaging (if necessary)
In some cases imaging such as an ultrasound or MRI may be recommended to assess the extent of muscle damage. At seventy9 Sports Therapy in Guildford, we can identify when this is needed and write you a supporting letter to help action this based on our findings. 

Avoid Aggravating Activities
Yes, this is included in our primary care section, but it’s an incredibly important step to prevent further injury and irritation, as well as promoting healing. The priority for the first 1-2 weeks post injury is to promote healing, far more than it is to push function or test the injured muscle. Our team of sports therapists in Guildford can help to identify the extent of the damage to the muscle through our professional evaluation of the injury, using this to determine what is and what isn’t an aggravating activity, as well as helping you make good behavioural decisions that promote healing.

Getting the initial management of a hamstring strain right is important in promoting healing and setting you up well for a good rehabilitation programme, as well as a safe and effective return to play. At seventy9 Sports Therapy, a leading sports therapy clinic in Guildford, we have significant expertise in the assessment and diagnosis of hamstring strains, aiding us in building an effective initial management protocol and promoting your recovery within the first 2 weeks post-injury. If you have just had a hamstring strain, our sports therapy clinic in Guildford can help! Why not contact us today or book an appointment using our online booking system?

In part 3 of this series looking at hamstring strains, we will explore the the rehabilitation programming of a hamstring strain, including return to play and how our sports therapy clinic in Guildford can help you get your hamstring stronger.

Keep an eye out for part 3!

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