Hamstring Tendonitis Symptoms
As tendonitis and tendonosis develop in the hamstring tendons, the symptoms get progressively worse. The main symptoms you will experience include:
Hip and/or Knee Stiffness
Decreased mobility and stiffness in your hip or knee during and after exercise can be experienced, especially at night. If allowed to progress, you may start to experience stiffness at rest.
Pain and Tenderness
Pain and tenderness in and around your knee (small area along the back and sides of your knee to the top of your shin bone) or around your ischial tuberosity (the bony part of your butt and the back of your upper thigh).
Depending on your location of pain, you may experience discomfort in your knee and hip when you bend your knee or squat against resistance, or when you straighten your leg and extend your hip, because your tendon is forced to stretch.
This pain often develops slowly and becomes more painful when overexerting yourself or after exercise. You can also experience pain with prolonged sitting.
Stages of Tendinitis Pain:
- Minor twinges that occur early in your workouts and generally go away after warming up; we often ignore these, however they tend to indicate the first signs of tendinitis (normally a few weeks to 3 months)
- Pain that stays longer and returns after workout (normally 3 -6 months)
- Pain that is constant (normally have it for 6+ months)
Loss of strength in your hamstring muscles and tendons which makes it difficult for you to walk or run and can result in you walking with a limp.
Swelling where your hamstring tendon inserts on your knee/shinbones (around the back edges of the knee) or near your upper thigh and "sit bones" can occur. However, if you have tendinosis, you may not experience any swelling. You may also notice some redness and warmth around the area of your tendon attachment, which can often indicate another injury to your joint capsule.
With hamstring tendinopathy (chronic tendon injury) you may also experience lumbar lordosis and an anterior pelvic tilt.
Your doctor will take your medical history and will examine your hamstring for any inflammation and deformities. He/she will analyze your flexibility, stability, and gait (the way you walk). Occasionally an x-ray (check for bone and joint inflammation or arthritis), or MRI scans or CT scans (to show soft tissue damage) may be requested.
Treating Your Hamstring Tendon Symptoms
It is important to treat hamstring tendon injuries as soon as possible, as any activity or strain you put on your tendon can re-injure it further. Though the pain, discomfort, and inconvenience of a hamstring injury can be overwhelming, it is possible to overcome it.
Hamstring injuries are frustrating to live with and healing can take a long time because it's difficult to give your leg the rest it needs. This is especially true for runners and other athletes that return to their sport too early. Re-injury is common but it prolongs recovery and may also lead to permanent damage and other conditions.
Treating your hamstring tendon injury correctly is essential to getting rid of your pain and restoring function to your upper thigh, hip and knee. Proper treatment will get you back to regular activities sooner, stop your pain, and reduce the risk of future re-injury.
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