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What is hamstring origin tendinopathy?

The hamstring muscles are located on the back of the thigh. Hamstring origin tendinopathy is inflammation within the tendon of the hamstrings, just underneath the buttock. Physiotherapy is vital following hamstring origin tendinopathy.

How does hamstring origin tendinopathy happen?

Repetitive use of the hamstring muscle group can cause microscopic tears within the tendon. The body then commences an inflammatory response within the tendon to repair these tears.

What are the symptoms of hamstring origin tendinopathy?

Hamstring origin tendinopathy presents as a gradual onset of deep pain, just underneath the buttock. Initially, this pain may only be present following exercise and a stiffness or tightness may be felt in the in the hamstring muscles. Additional symptoms include:

What should I do if I have hamstring origin tendinopathy?

Hamstring origin tendinopathy generally does not improve without the correct treatment and advice. If you have or suspect you have hamstring origin tendinopathy, you should arrange an appointment with a physiotherapist. In the meantime, you can begin icing and regular gentle hamstring stretching. Icing may consist of a bag of frozen peas or crushed ice wrapped in a moist towel applied to the region of pain for 15–20 minutes.

Physiotherapy treatment for a hamstring origin tendinopathy.

Physiotherapy is very important in the treatment of hamstring origin tendinopathy. Initially, your physiotherapist will be able to diagnose your problem, establish its severity and devise a treatment plan. Treatment may involve:

What shouldn’t I do if I have hamstring origin tendinopathy?

If you have or suspect you have hamstring origin tendinopathy, you shouldn’t ignore the problem. Your pain may get better as you exercise; however, the exercise you are doing may be interfering with the healing process and causing further damage. This can lead to your injury deteriorating. This may then reach the stage where your pain does not ‘warm up’ and you feel it throughout sport participation. If this occurs, your recovery may be prolonged and it may take a number of weeks for you to return to full participation.

Could there be any long-term effects from a hamstring origin tendinopathy?

Hamstring origin tendinopathy does not produce any long-term effects if it is properly diagnosed and appropriately treated. If this is not achieved, it can lead to prolonged pain and time out from activity.

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