Hamstring Tendonitis

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Hamstring Tendonitis

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What is Hamstring Tendonitis?

Hamstring tendonitis is a condition that occurs when your hamstring tendons are irritated or inflamed. The hamstring muscles are located at the back of your thigh, and they run from the pelvis to the knee. The hamstrings make up much of the bulk of the muscle in your upper leg and help you bend your knee and extend your hip.

When you have hamstring tendonitis, it can cause pain and tenderness at one or both of these joints:

  • The bursa, which is a sac that lies over the proximal portion of your hamstring tendon (the part closest to your hip).
  • The knee joint itself.

What are the types of Hamstring Tendonitis?

Hamstring tendinitis is an injury to the hamstring muscle tendon. The three types of hamstring tendinitis are proximal, central, and distal.

Proximal hamstring tendinitis occurs when the origin of the tendon at the ischial tuberosity (sit bone) is injured. This can be caused by a direct blow to the hamstring or repetitive use of the muscle.

Central hamstring tendinitis occurs when there is an injury in the muscle belly, which is by far the most common pattern of injury.

Distal hamstring tendinitis occurs when there is a tear in the distal musculotendinous insertion and tendons.

What are the causes of Hamstring Tendonitis?

The cause of this condition is usually overuse, which can happen if you perform repetitive motions that put strain on your hamstrings. This can be caused by anything from running to playing a sport like basketball or soccer. Other causes include:

  • Sitting in one position for too long
  • Playing video games for too long (especially if you have to sit cross-legged)
  • Wearing high heels for extended periods of time
  • Having an irregularity in the way your leg bones meet each other (for example, having flat feet or being bowlegged)

What are the symptoms of Hamstring Tendonitis?

The symptoms of hamstring tendonitis are:

  • Pain and tenderness in the back of the thigh
  • Numbness or tingling in one or both legs
  • A popping sensation when you stretch your hamstrings
  • A feeling of weakness in your legs

What are the risk factors for Hamstring Tendonitis?

It’s usually caused by overuse of your hamstringsā€”for example, if you’re new to running and haven’t yet built up their strength.

Other common risk factors include:

  • A deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) in your leg
  • An injury or strain to another part of your body, such as an ankle sprain or knee injury
  • A history of back pain

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What are the exercises for Hamstring Tendonitis?

Hamstring tendonitis recovery exercises include:

  • Stretching your hamstrings. You should stretch both legs at the same time, holding each position for five seconds. Repeat this exercise three times per leg.
  • Doing squats, with your hands on your hips or shoulders and feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent.
  • Standing on one leg while bending forward at the waist and putting your hands on your thigh or ankle, then straightening up again slowly. Do this 10 times per leg per day.

What are the treatments for Hamstring Tendonitis?

There are many treatments available for this injury, including conservative options and surgical procedures.

Conservative Treatment Options

The goal of conservative treatment options is to reduce pain and improve your ability to move around without experiencing pain or discomfort.

These include:

Steroid injections

These injections can be used to treat inflammation associated with tendonitis. The steroid helps reduce swelling, which can make it easier for you to move around without experiencing pain or discomfort.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

These drugs are commonly prescribed for people who have tendonitis because they help reduce inflammation and pain caused by this condition.

Physical therapy

Physical therapists may use massage therapy or heat treatments to help relieve your symptoms and give you tools that help you manage your symptoms on your own once you leave the office. They may also teach you exercises that can be done at home so that you can continue improving even when you’re not seeing them regularly anymore!

Surgical Treatment

The most common surgical treatment for hamstring tendonitis is called tenotomy. In this procedure, a small incision is made near the origin of the hamstring muscle and then released from its attachment to its tendon. The end result is less tension on the tendon and therefore less pain.

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What brace is used for Hamstring Tendonitis?

A compression sleeve can be used to treat Hamstring Tendonitis, but it’s not recommended for people who are experiencing extreme pain. A compression sleeve is a device that wraps around your leg and applies pressure to your hamstrings to help decrease swelling and inflammation.

If you’re suffering from severe symptoms of Hamstring Tendonitis, you should consult a doctor before using any type of brace.

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