Recovery and Rehabilitation Following Proximal Hamstring Repair
The rehabilitation after repair consists of 4 phases. Phase I focuses on early range of motion and protection to allow for healing. Phases II and III include gait training, flexibility, core strengthening and restoring hamstring function. Early in the strengthening phase, most exercises are done with both legs simultaneously in a short arc of motion either at the hip or the knee. Late in Phase III, most exercises are done in a single leg fashion with movement and force occurring at both the hip and knee simultaneously. In the phase IV of rehabilitation, the focus shifts to the control of high speed movement and the development of power. This is the return of sport phase.
Proximal Hamstring Repair Recovery Time
Many patients can expect a full return to normal athletic activities in four to six months if the rehabilitation guidelines are strictly followed. However, not all athletes will return to sport after this type of injury due its significance. Return to sport depends on the nature of the sport, severity of initial injury, timeliness of surgical intervention and compliance with the post-operative rehabilitation program. Studies report approximately 75% of athletes return to their sport in some capacity.
For additional resources on proximal hamstring repair, or for more information on surgical proximal hamstring treatment, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Jervis Yau, hip surgeon located in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California communities.