Hamstring tears are often more complicated than they appear and need to be assessed carefully to select the best management. Many hamstring tears also have some involvement of the sciatic nerve. We can differentiate between the two types of hamstring tears easily in the clinic with some simple tests.
If the sciatic nerve is involved there are specific manual therapy techniques only physiotherapists can provide to release the muscle and nerve.
If the injury does not involve the sciatic nerve or lower back commencing on a carefully graded strengthening and stretching program is critical to regaining full function and prevent recurrent strains.