The correct identification of the injuries and the severity of the injury must be determined first, as this will determine how the trauma will progress and how long it will take for the patient to heal properly. Physiotherapy is the central part of recovery, and the physiotherapist must determine how to improve the procedure based on the severity of the tissue injury and the amount of time that has passed since the case. Since there is no effective clinical evidence for treating this type of injury, at Incline Health the physio therapist Leichhardt will tailor the recovery program to the individual’s unique needs.
The acute stage the subacute stage, and the remodeling stage are the three initial stages of hamstring injuries. Each process and the amount of time after the injuries require a various recovery plan and strategy. The acute stage will last up to a week after the injury, with the key objectives being to minimize inflammation, discomfort, and swelling caused by tissue damage. The PRICE system is used to treat patients: defense, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. With crutches to reduce the volume of weight on the foot or bracing the knees in flexion, safety is targeted at removing any significantly dangerous stresses to the injured cells.
Protect The Damaged Muscle Tissue
The second prerequisite is rest, which is challenging for players to fulfill because it preserves weakened muscle cells by withdrawing forces from the area. Ice is a common remedy for traumatic pain, and it relieves pain when administered for around 20 minutes, with a 10-minute check to maintain skin health. By decreasing metabolism and thus the amount of circulation coming into the area, the cold inhibits inflammatory modifications in the local area. Compression, rather than cold, which is often used by physiotherapists, may be more efficient in controlling local swelling, with elasticated bandages applied to the limb being an effective technique.
In the case of acute injuries, the elevation of the affected sections is generally recommended, with the part elevated above heart level for the greatest result in allowing cell fluid to build up. The elevation is impractical due to the location of the hamstring injury, and it may be needless. The physiotherapist will begin passive motions to the limb and recommend active-assisted motions until the pain and inflammation levels have decreased. Stretching at this stage is discouraged by physiotherapists because it can aggravate the symptoms and cause harm to the area. Minor hamstring injuries normally heal in a few days, but they should always be handled carefully.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries, including mild ones, require a minimum of six weeks to heal, so once players are feeling much stronger, they should be advised to ease back into more demanding activities while still concentrating on strength training, stretching, and balance to minimize the risk of recurrence. The pain and inflammation of the acute injury will be subsiding by the sub-acute period, which occurs around three weeks after the injury, allowing the physiotherapist to advance the therapy to the effective range of movement activities and then muscular strengthening.
Starting in prone with light ankle weights, the patient progresses to bigger and bigger resistance as long as the damaged region does not cause discomfort. Weight gain should be gradual, as a massive rise can result in relapse and a more serious long-term problem. After the patient has reached strong muscle shortening (concentric contraction) power, they should be progressed to muscle lengthening strength (eccentric contraction).