The hamstrings are a group of muscles at the back of the thigh that provide the strength that bends the knee and are important in activities such as walking and running.

What sort of injuries can occur?

The upper part of the hamstrings are particularly prone to injury. Injury may occur suddenly (sometimes called “acute” injuries) or symptoms may come on gradually over time. Sudden injuries are commonly tears within the muscle or avulsions (where the muscle is pulled off the bone). Gradual onset symptoms are more commonly due to tendinopathy, essentially strain on the attachment of the muscles to the pelvic bone.

What are the symptoms?

Acute injuries present with sudden pain around the buttock and back of the thigh. It can be difficult to walk and bear weight through the leg for a few days. Bruising can show up in the back of the thigh and spread down the leg. Tendinopathy presents with pain in the buttock and back of the thigh on exercise, it can also be uncomfortable to sit.

How are injuries diagnosed?

Careful clinical assessment is required to make the diagnosis of hamstring injuries. Imaging studies, in particular MRI can be useful to assess the degree of injury.

How are adductor injuries treated?

Most hamstring injuries can be treated non-operatively with rest, ice, analgesia and physiotherapy. Surgery can be required for significant avulsion injuries and prompt clinical assessment is required as outcomes are best if surgery is performed within the first 6 weeks after injury. Injections or surgery can sometimes be required for more minor avulsion injuries or tendinopathy that fail to improve with non-operative treatment.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or is experiencing pain in their hand or wrist and would like a consultant-led review, please contact us. Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of this condition with excellent patient outcomes.


Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of hip -related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


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our hip SURGEONS

Hip care at Grosvenor Orthopaedics is led by Mr Simon Newman, Mr Chethan Jayaden, Mr Emeka Oragui and Mr Mark Webb. They are further supported by the orthopaedic team including other consultant surgeons, nurses and care staff. We perform over 300 hip replacements each year but offer a broad range of hip treatments to patients both young and old.

Our team are well placed to manage and treat a diverse range of hip problems utilising cutting edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches, both surgical and conservative. Below is an overview of some of the conditions we treat but for a more thorough understanding please contact our team here


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

BSc(Hons) BM PhD FRCS(Tr&Orth)
Simon is a Consultant Hip Surgeon practising at the world-renowned Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London; The Lister Hospital, Chelsea and King Edward VIIs Hospital, Marylebone. He has a particular interest in the hip joint and has developed a large practice treating hip problems in adults of all ages. His philosophy is to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients which involves engaging patients in the decision-making process about their treatment and utilising non-operative techniques, where possible. Should surgery be required, Simon performs any procedure with care, planning and precision.


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

MA (Cantab), MBBS, MBA, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
meka is a Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon practising at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. His practice includes all aspects of hip surgery including hip replacements, hip redo or revision surgery, hip arthroscopy and sports injuries around the hip including sports man’s hernia (Gilmore’s Groin) and adductor longus tears and tendinitis. He uses the muscle sparing direct anterior approach for hip replacements which allows some patients a faster recovery.


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

MBBS MSc FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Mark is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a passion for sports related injuries. He strives to not only provide excellent surgical treatments but also rounded, bespoke care that allows his patients to get back to the activities they love. This is evident in his specialist training which includes a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine from University College London to help him when treating all levels of athletes. Alongside surgical treatments, Mr. Webb offers non-operative (conservative) options including using orthobiologics, such as PRP and stem cells, to treat the symptoms of early arthritis, as well as tendon injuries. Treatment plans are tailored to the patient’s requirements and expectations using the best evidence available

What some of our patients say

Mrs JS

Thank you to the whole team for getting me back on my feet again