The hamstring is formed by three muscles that run down the back of the thigh, and it plays an important role in walking and running by pulling the leg backward and propelling the body forward. The hamstring also helps bend the knees. Because they are used so much, hamstring injuries are relatively common among athletes and others who are physically active. One of the best ways to treat a hamstring injury is through mobile physical therapy.
How Do Hamstrings Get Injured: Hamstring injuries usually occur when the muscles get stretched too far. This happens when we run or sprint too fast or make abrupt twisting motions. Some examples of activities that can trigger a hamstring injury include:
- Water Skiing
- Weight Lifting
- CrossFit-type Workouts
There are several factors that can contribute to this type of injury; such as failure to warm up properly, muscle fatigue, and strength imbalances among the various leg muscles.
Types of Hamstring Injuries: There are three general categories of hamstring injuries, based on the level of severity:
- Grade One: This is a mild grade injury characterized by a muscle pull, but with no structural damage within the tissue.
- Grade Two: This is a moderate grade injury characterized by partial tearing of the tissue.
- Grade Three: This is a severe grade injury characterized by a complete tearing of the tissue.
How Physical Therapy Treats Hamstring Injuries: It is very important to treat a hamstring injury properly; otherwise, there is a strong likelihood that the injury will reoccur in the future. The therapist begins with a full evaluation of your symptoms to determine the severity of the injury. Next, a treatment plan is developed, which may incorporate the use of ice, heat, and a series of targeted stretches and exercises.
As the hamstring muscles strengthen, additional stretches and exercises are added to enhance the recovery process. To ensure a timely recovery, it is essential to do your stretches and exercises daily (as prescribed), and to keep up with your therapy appointments.
The Mobile Physical Therapy Difference: One of the preferred options for patients recovering from hamstring injuries is mobile physical therapy. The main reason for this is the convenience. As mentioned earlier, patients must keep up with their therapy visits so they can rebuild the strength of the hamstring. This can be difficult, however, if you need to travel to and from appointments.
There may be days when you feel especially sore and do not feel like driving. And if you are unable to find someone to drive you, there is a risk of losing your recovery momentum because you are not able to see your therapist.
Mobile physical therapy solves this problem by having the therapist come to your home, office, or whatever location is most convenient. This vastly reduces the chances of missing critical appointments. Another advantage of mobile therapy is the individualized attention provided. When you receive therapy at home, the therapist is able to focus solely on you, and deliver the personalized care you need to ensure optimal recovery.