One common strain often found in sportsmen and athletes is the hamstring muscle strain. The part that is highly susceptible to injury is known as biceps femoris. However, muscle strain can take place in the semitendinosus as well as the semimembranosus muscles too.
The type of pain experienced during a hamstring muscle strain
If you have the above-mentioned strain, you might hear a popping sound or feel a sensation akin to tearing. You might also feel a bit weird while running, walking, and climbing stairs. There have also been some cases where the patient might also have swelling along with bruising.
Most patients which come to an acupuncturist for treatment in NYC have already been diagnosed. However, if the practitioner wants to affirm the injury, he will feel the patient’s posterior thigh, while palpating the hamstring group tool.
After palpating the sprain site, the practitioner might also test your range of motion. You will also be instructed to lie down flat in a supine position and lift your leg until you experience any pain in your posterior thigh. Plus, the practitioner will also need to note the inactive hip flexion.
Make sure your practitioner manually tests the muscle too, using resisted flexion of your knee. Lying flat with your face facing the floor, you will be instructed to flex your knee. Meanwhile, the practitioner will resist movement by putting his hand on your heel. If you experience pain, then this confirms that this muscle is injured. In a Grade-I and a mild Grade-II injury, your muscles fibers will only be mildly torn or in some cases, stretched.
However, if you experience severe pain and your practitioner feels a depression in your muscle, you should seek orthopedic evaluation as soon as possible. Although, acupuncture is a logical treatment, surgery and immobilization might become necessary in chronic cases.
A hamstring injury should be treated twice a week consecutively for three weeks. After three weeks, the patient’s injury should be analyzed. The strain can be completely healed in six weeks if there are no complications. In fact, treating a simple strain only takes a number of acupuncture treatments. However, treatment for chronic patients should be continued once every week after the initial three weeks.
Certain techniques should be followed to treat all types of hamstring muscle strain. Following are four processes that help to understand the right needle technique. These can also guide you on point selection needed, making it efficient and understandable for all acupuncturists hailing from all sorts of backgrounds.