Conservative & Surgical Hamstring Injury Treatment From a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Lafayette, LA
A hamstring injury occurs when a large muscle at the back of a thigh is stretched or loaded beyond its capacity. The damage can range in severity from a pull, partial tear, or complete separation from bone (tendon avulsion). If you experience a sudden, sharp pain at the back of a thigh while running or engaging in another strenuous activity, you may have sustained a hamstring injury. You can have your injury evaluated and treated by Peter D. Vizzi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who practices in Lafayette, Louisiana.
During your consultation, Dr. Vizzi will ask about your symptoms and perform a physical examination. He’ll carefully palpate (press on) the back of your injured thigh to check for tenderness, weakness, swelling, and bruising. As part of the diagnostic process, he may order one or more imaging tests (X-rays can be performed on site at Dr. Vizzi’s office, and he can order CT or MRI scans as needed).
After finalizing your diagnosis, Dr. Vizzi can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for your hamstring injury. The goals of treatment, which can vary based on the extent of the damage, are to relieve pain and restore function. In many cases, a mild-to-moderate hamstring injury will heal well with nonsurgical therapy, such as:
- I.C.E. therapy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation)
- Splinting to immobilize the injured leg while it heals
- Physical therapy, focusing first on stretching to increase flexibility, and later on strengthening exercises
For a severe hamstring injury, such as a tendon avulsion, surgical repair may be necessary. As an active athlete and skilled surgeon who provides treatment through experience, Dr. Vizzi can perform surgery to restore a damaged hamstring muscle to its proper position, remove any scar tissue, and then reattach the tendon to the bone.
After surgery, it will be important to keep weight off the affected leg to protect the repair. In addition to using crutches, a brace can be worn to help keep the muscle in a relaxed position. Physical therapy is also integral to the post-surgical healing process.
If you would like to learn more about your treatment options for a hamstring injury, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vizzi at his office in Lafayette, LA. Dr. Vizzi has the knowledge and proficiency to effectively treat your injury, alleviate your pain, and help you resume your active lifestyle.