The hamstrings and calf muscles represent the main muscles on the posterior aspect of the leg. They are often injured in sporting activity, particularly with forced extension at a joint crossed by the tendons. Injury is often associated with poor warm up or stretching regimes and repeated recurrent tears can be a problem in athletes.
In the vast majority of cases, symptomatic management followed by physiotherapy and implementation of an appropriate injury prevention programme is effective management. However the literature would suggest that in the presence of an acute full detachment of the proximal insertion of the hamstrings from the ischial tuberosity (pelvis), surgical reattachment yields improved outcomes and quicker return to function. This procedure is uncommon and should be performed by a surgeon with a specialist interest in this area.
If you would like to discuss management of hamstring and calf tears with one of our team, please contact the office on 01483 938750 or email email@example.com.