The group of muscles and tendons on the back of the thigh are called the hamstrings. These muscles are crucial for leg and knee movement, controlling the hip flexor and the bending of the knee. When hamstring injuries occur, they can be very painful and restrict mobility. Dr. Steven Struhl at Shoulders & Knees in New York City offers hamstring injury treatment to hasten recovery for his patients.

Almost all hamstring injuries involve tearing in the muscles and tendons in the back of the thigh. These can be “pulled muscles” or completely torn tendons or muscles, depending on the extent of the injury. Most hamstring injuries occur in athletes, but any physical activity that requires sprinting or quick leg movements can injure the hamstrings. The most common sports that can cause hamstring injuries are football, basketball, soccer and baseball or any activity that requires running, sprinting or kicking.

Non-Surgical and Surgical Treatments for Hamstrings

Most hamstring injuries do not require surgery to heal or repair. Tearing in the muscles and tendons of the hamstrings can heal, but the right course of rehabilitation is needed to restore full strength and flexibility. This is especially important for athletes who want to recover full mobility and lessen the risk of future injuries to the hamstrings. Non-surgical treatment of hamstring ruptures begins with R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Addressing the initial inflammation with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be recommended, followed by physical therapy and strengthening rehabilitation.

Surgical treatment for hamstring injuries is usually only recommend in an avulsion, or complete tear. In these cases, a hamstring tendon or muscle may need to be reattached. This is most common near where tendons attach to the pelvis. If the tendon is torn and too far from the original attachment site on the pelvis, it may try to reattach at a different location. Surgery can restore the correct attachment position, which is usually performed soon after the injury.

If you have a severe hamstring rupture or injury and need treatment, Dr. Struhl is one of the top orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists in New York. Contact our clinic in NYC or Westchester to schedule a consultation.