Hamstring Tendonitis or Strain

What is hamstring tendonitis or strain?

The hamstring muscles are the muscles in the back of the thigh that allow the knee to bend (knee flexion). The hamstring muscles turn into tendons as they come down and attach at the back of the knee. They can get tight and inflamed, resulting in a hamstring muscle strain (pain at the back of the thigh) or tendonitis (pain behind the knee). This can result from excessive recent sport activity or it may occur without predisposing trauma. Often people have had tight hamstrings for a long time without knowing it.

What symptoms do hamstring tendonitis or strain cause?

Hamstring tightness can lead to knee pain, hip pain, thigh pain, and even back pain.

How is hamstring tendonitis or strain diagnosed?

Hamstring tendonitis and strain are diagnosed by a doctor’s evaluation and thorough examination.

How is hamstring tendonitis or strain treated?

A progressive and targeted stretching program should be initiated when this occurs and can be done to prevent recurrent problems. Physical therapy may be necessary in severe cases.