Hamstring Physical Therapy

The ortho recommended surgery on my knee and instead I hoped I could avoid surgery with PT. Now I’m back to running without pain and I am amazed by my recovery. I have Sabrina and her commitment to my treatment and progress to thank for that.

– David F.

By that time I could barely walk the block from my car to the building without crying. Sabrina saved me. She analyzed everything about my stance, walk, and tight muscles to develop a holistic stretching plan from my glutes, and hamstrings, down to the bottoms of my feet. She worked with my eccentricities, such as not wanting to lie on the floor to stretch.

– Kathryn C.

The physical and emotional support I received to rid myself of substantial leg pain was of the highest quality. It wasn’t easy for me to take the help, however, the way it was given took all of my fears and apprehensions away, which I believe enhanced and sped up my recovery. My doctor was right! There professionals are phenomenal.

– Mary M.

What’s Causing Your Hamstring Pain?

Your hamstring is made up of 4 muscles that run along the back of your thigh. When these muscles get overloaded or overstretched, you will experience a sharp pain down the back of your leg. Hamstring injuries are graded on a 1-3 scale, with 3 being the most severe and may require surgery. How you pulled your hamstring muscle will play a role in your recovery time. The main purpose of your hamstring is to allow you to bend your knee. The most common hamstring injury occurs when your hamstring is lengthened – or stretched – as it absorbs impact when your foot hits the ground.

Re-injured hamstrings typically take longer to heal; NFL players with recurrent hamstring injuries need 2.5x longer recovery time than first-time injuries. Addressing hamstring injuries along with a proper return-to-activity program has shown to improve outcomes and prevent future injuries and permanent muscle dysfunction.

Note, your sciatic nerve runs from your low back through your hamstring area. Sometimes, a low back injury will cause hamstring strain or pull symptoms. A physical therapist can pinpoint the exact cause of your hamstring pain and create a custom treatment program.

Signs & Symptoms

    You are more likely to experience a hamstring injury if you don’t properly warm up, have muscle imbalance between the front of your thighs (quadriceps) causing it to tighten your hamstrings, or have weak glutes that cause hamstrings to be overloaded.

    If you have a hamstring strain, you will experience:

    • Sudden pain along back of thigh with a snapping or popping feeling
    • Pain when bearing weight on injuries leg
    • Pain when straightening leg
    • Tenderness
    • Bruising

Why Physical Therapy

    During your first visit, your physical therapist will do a full examination of your low back, legs, hips, and knees to pinpoint potential causes of hamstring pain.

    • Manual therapy: Hands-on techniques to remove restrictions and improve range of motion. Myofascial release to hamstring muscles and quads.
    • Custom exercises: Strengthening and mobility exercises to protect against re-injuring hamstring.
    • Sports-specific movement analysis: Retrain your movement patterns during your sport such as running form. Overstriding puts hamstrings in vulnerable position upon ground contact.

About Therapydia

Better Physical Therapy Experience

At Therapydia, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on hamstring treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. With our manual therapy techniques and custom exercise programs, we’ll help you strengthen your hamstring musculature and correct your mechanics to get rid of your hamstring pain. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries.
Best of all, you’re covered. Oregon is a Direct Access state, meaning you can see a physical therapist without a doctor’s prescription. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash payments.

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