Surgery Is Best

For Hamstring Ruptures

The hamstrings are critically important in sports and are difficult to rehabilitate following injury. The muscles flex the knee and extend the hip. Sprinters and other power athletes often sustain high hamstring injuries during vigorous sprinting or jumping. Researchers from the Ohio State University combined the results of 18 studies and concluded that surgery was superior to non-operative rehabilitation for recovering from high-level (proximal) hamstring ruptures. Surgical patients reported more satisfactory results, pain relief, strength and endurance, and return to former athletic capacity than more conservatively managed patients. (International Journal Sports Medicine, 32: 490-495)