One of the unavoidable side effects of surgery is scar tissue. While most scar tissue is able to break up and dissipate on its own, many surgeries involving sports-related injuries result in massive amounts of scar tissue. This tissue continues to build over time and eventually causes pain and limits range of motion. Knee surgery, specifically ACL surgery, is famous for causing scar tissue.
One way to reduce or remove scar tissue is with Graston Technique therapy. This kind of massage therapy has gain popularity for its ability to relieve pain, reduce scar tissue and improve healing times.
About Graston Technique
Graston Technique was developed at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Over the past two decades, many physical rehab therapy programs throughout the world have added Graston Technique therapy to their treatment options. This is exactly what Seattle’s Kinetic Sports Rehab clinic has done.
Graston Technique falls under the umbrella of Active Release Techniques (ART), which use massage therapy to treat adhesions and scar tissue that cause pain or limits range of motion. The major difference between Graston Technique and other ART therapies is that Graston makes use of precision stainless-steel tools that allow practitioners to pinpoint the location of the scar tissue or adhesion, and treat it more effectively.
Why is ACL Surgery Prone to Scar Tissue?
While Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery has become common over the past two decades, the procedure is still relatively young as far as surgeries go. ACL surgeries are also very involved, often needing the surgeon to harvest a tendon from another area and attach it where the ACL once was.
In general, ACL surgeries have been very successful in allowing active people to resume the sports they enjoyed before the injury. However, most of the concern about post-surgery scar tissue is focused on the ACL and not on the area where the replacement tendon was harvested.
Many times the replacement is taken from the hamstring. If left untreated, scar tissue can begin to accumulate on the hamstring and inhibit leg function.
How Will I Know If My Hamstring Has Excess Scar Tissue?
The only way to know if your hamstring has accumulated too much scar tissue is to have it looked at by a medical professional. However, there are some signs you should be aware of, especially if you initially recovered from the surgery and experienced limitations and pain later on. If you notice a prolonged occurrence of any of the following symptoms, you may want to contact a physical rehab therapist in Seattle.
- Ongoing pain originating from the middle of the hamstring
- Pain in the back of the thigh when contracting (bending) your leg
- Pain in the back of the thigh when walking or even lightly jogging
- Pain in the back of the thigh when extending your leg
Graston Technique in Seattle can Help Restore Function to Your Hamstring
If left untreated, scar tissue surrounding your hamstring could leave you unable to jog or perform other exercises involving your legs; even walking can become difficult.
Fortunately, Graston Technique has proven to be an effective therapy for removing post-surgery scar tissue. In one recent case, a man who underwent a successful ACL surgery began having difficulty exercising six months after the surgery. He reported experiencing pain in the back of his legs and difficulty performing tasks he was able to accomplish only weeks before.
The patient went from one type of therapy to another for nearly two years and none of them worked. Finally, his doctor told him there was nothing more he could do; the man would have to live with the pain for the rest of his life.
Not satisfied with that answer, the man eventually found a doctor who suspected that scar tissue had accumulated where the tendon used to repair the man’s ACL had been taken from. Following an examination, the doctor found that masses of scar tissue and adhesions had developed on the man’s hamstring.
The doctor suggested trying therapy using the Graston Technique, stretching and cold compression. After just the first session, the patient reported that 80 percent of his symptoms had been relieved. The doctor scheduled eight more treatment sessions with three days of rest between treatments. Following the fifth session, the patient reported all of his symptoms were gone and the doctor discontinued treatment.
A follow-up indicated the man was able to resume exercising and was fully functional and pain-free.
Get Started With Graston Technique in Seattle Today
Whether the scar tissue causing your pain is from a knee surgery or another injury, Graston Technique in Seattle may be able to restore the ability to live the active and pain-free lifestyle you once enjoyed. Call us today at (206) 547-0707 or schedule an appointment to take advantage of the physical rehab therapy, Seattle’s most active people trust to get them back on the playing field.
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