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Shockwave Therapy for Painful Hamstring Tendonitis

Hamstring injuries are the most common type of injuries that can occur due to strenuous sports. A common hamstring injury, hamstring tendonitis, occurs when the soft tissue of the pelvis, knees or joint muscles gets swollen. The good news is that there is effective shockwave therapy for tendonitis treatment to help your body heal and return to normal daily activities.

What Is Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy?

Proximal hamstring tendinopathy, also known as PHT injury, is a medical condition that affects the hamstring tendons, which are connected to the ischium of the pelvis. Proximal hamstring tendinopathy usually results from sports activities requiring a lot of physical movements, such as football, basketball, baseball, etc. This condition is a chronic degenerative process due to the overload of muscles and repetitive stretching of tendons.

Causes and Risk Factors of Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy

The exact cause of PHT is often unknown. But many factors cause proximal hamstring tendinopathy; one most common reason is tendon overload and repetitive strain. There are other risk factors that can lead to PHT, which include:

  • Weaker hamstring

  • Prolonged sitting

  • Poor lumbopelvic stability

  • Overstride pattern while running

Treatment of Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy

High (proximal) hamstring tendinopathies often create difficulties and challenges. Fortunately, you can ease pain and difficulties with high hamstring tendinopathy treatment.

Treatments for PHT are followed by R.I.C.E, which is rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Along with the following treatments, it is mandatory to prevent strains by avoiding lifting, stretching, bending, and so on. Other than physiotherapy and rehab, shockwave therapy is suggested for the treatment.

Shockwave Therapy Treatment for PHT

Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical procedure designed to treat injuries and chronic pains. This therapy is very helpful in treating proximal hamstring tendinopathy.

Shockwave therapy is performed by complying with certain protocols. Your physiotherapist will consider the case history, assess symptoms, and isolate the painful area for treatment.

Effectiveness of Shockwave Therapy Treatment

As per the study done by Pubmed.gov, 40 professional athletes with proximal hamstring tendinopathy were selected for the clinical trial of shockwave therapy treatment. During observation, the results showed that the shockwave therapy treatment proved to be effective for chronic PHT compared to the traditional ways of treatment.

Sessions for Shockwave Therapy for PHT

Since the treatment doesn’t require any surgeries, the number of sessions ranges from 3-6 weeks of treatment. The best part of shockwave therapy is that the treatment time is only 4-5 minutes.


PHT can be painful, but it is treatable. Shockwave therapy is the most effective therapy alternative for treating hamstring tendinopathy. Before the injuries get worse, we suggest that you visit us for more in-depth consultation and treatment.

Radiant Physiotherapy is one of the leading physiotherapy clinics in Calgary, Canada. Our qualified and committed team offers a friendly and professional environment for clients. For more information, contact us at the Radiant Physiotherapy clinic or call us at (403) 457-9090.