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20Hip Care
10Hip-Conditions and Injuries
Cartilage Injury
Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
Gluteal Tears
Hamstring Tears
Hip Instability
Deep Gluteal Space Syndrome
Labral Tears
Psoas Impingement (Internal Snapping Hip)
Trochanteric Bursitis
10Hip-Treatment and Surgeries
Gluteal Repair
Labral Debridement
Labral Reconstruction
Labral Repair
Psoas Release
Trochanteric Bursa Debridement
33Knee Care
13Knee Conditions and Injuries
ACL Tear
Cartilage Injury
Discoid Meniscus
Lateral Meniscus Tear
LCL Injury
MCL Injury
Medial Meniscus Tear
Osteochondritis Dessicans
Patellar Instability
Patellofemoral Chondromalacia
Posterolateral Corner Injury
Trochlear Dysplasia
20Knee Treatment and Surgeries
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction
Cartilage Restoration Surgery – Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI-Carticel)
Cartilage Restoration Surgery – Donor Graft
Collagen Meniscal Implant (CMI)
Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Reconstruction
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Reconstruction
Meniscus Repair
Meniscus Root Repair
Meniscal Transplant
Medial Patellofemoral Ligament (MPFL) Reconstruction
Osteochondral Allograft Transfer
Osteochondral Autograft Transfer (OATS)
Partial Knee Replacement (MAKO)
Partial Meniscectomy
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Reconstruction
Posterolateral Corner (PLC) Surgery
Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy
Total Knee Replacement (MAKO)
20Shoulder Care
10Shoulder-Conditions and Injuries
AC Joint Injuries
Biceps Tendon Injuries
Calcific Tendinitis
Clavicle Fractures
Frozen Shoulder
Labral and SLAP Tears
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Shoulder Dislocation/Instability
Subacromial Impingement/Busitis
10Shoulder-Treatment and Surgeries
A-C Joint Stabilization
Biceps Tenodesis
Clavicle Fracture Fixation
Pectoralis Major Repair
Rotator Cuff Repair
Shoulder Instability Surgery – Bankart Repair
Shoulder Instability Surgery – Latarjet Procedure
Subacromial Decompression and Acromioplasty
Superior Capsular Reconstruction
Total Shoulder Replacement


The hamstrings are a group of muscle-tendon units that originate from a bony prominence in the back of the pelvis: the ischium. The hamstrings run down the back of the thigh and then insert as tendons on the fibula bone and tibia bone just past the knee joint. The hamstring tendons function together to help support the hip and the knee joint. The hamstrings can be injured at three common locations: the ischium (pelvis), the mid-thigh (musculo-tendinous junction), or at the insertion site on the tibia or fibula. The most common location for injury is at the musculo-tendinous junction in the back of the thigh. These injuries are common in certain cutting athletes, particularly football and soccer players. Middle-aged athletes may develop partial tearing of the hamstrings off of the pelvis (ischium); this condition is called tendinosis. Complete tears off of the pelvis are most common in water skiers.


  • Pain and swelling in the buttocks or back of the thigh
  • Bruising in the back of the thigh
  • Pain and weakness with acceleration or cutting

Diagnosis And Treatment

Dr. Welch considers each patient’s symptoms, as well as a detailed physical examination, x-rays, and often an MRI of the pelvis or knee to make the diagnosis of hamstring injury.

In most patients with injuries at the musculo-tendinous junction, non-surgical treatment with physical therapy is usually very helpful. The physical therapy program focuses on reducing swelling, stimulating healing of the injured tissue, and ultimately strengthening of the core and hip muscles (including the hamstrings) around the hip joint. Non-surgical treatment also includes activity modification (limited sports participation for 4-6 weeks), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and on occasion, steroid, PRP, stem cell, or anesthetic injections. In those patients with full thickness tears off of the pelvis or with chronic tendinosis, surgical intervention may be the best option.

In those patients who require surgery, Dr. Welch performs surgery either with an open technique (larger incision) or with a less invasive, endoscopic technique (with a camera). During surgery, Dr. Welch identifies the area of tearing off of the pelvis and prepares the ischium for repair of the injured hamstring(s). Dr. Welch uses strong sutures to repair the injured hamstring(s) back down to the bone. The sutures are secured to the bone with suture anchors (medical screws).

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