If you have a hamstring strain or tear, you may benefit from the skilled services of a physical therapist to help you recover. Your physical therapist can assess your condition and prescribe treatments and exercises to help decrease your pain and improve your overall mobility.1
During physical therapy for a hamstring strain, your PT may use various modalities to help increase circulation, improve the way your muscles contract, and decrease pain.2 While these treatments may be beneficial, they should not be the only treatment you get for your hamstring condition.
Exercise is the most important component of your hamstring tear rehabilitation.3 But which exercises are best after a hamstring strain, and are there exercises to help you get back to your normal activity? Are there exercises to possibly prevent future problems with your hamstring? There are.
Your physical therapist can help determine the best exercises for your condition. This list is a sample progression of exercises that your PT may give to you during your rehab after a hamstring strain.
The exercise program starts out slow with some gentle stretching and range of motion (ROM) exercises, and it progresses in intensity until your hamstrings (and other neighboring muscles) are able to handle the high loads and stresses that are typically placed upon them.
Remember to check in with your doctor or physical therapist before starting this, or any other, exercise program for your hamstring strain rehab. Also, if any exercise causes lasting pain, stop it immediately and see your doctor.
Ready? Let’s get started.