Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy in New Jersey

Proximal hamstring tendinopathy, also known as chronic high hamstring tendinopathy, occurs when there is deep buttock pain or upper thigh pain while sitting. This injury causes a lot of pain when you are sitting or similar, because the proximal hamstring tendon has become tender and swollen, and sitting compresses the tendon. Pain associated with proximal hamstring tendinopathy comes on gradually and can become aggravated or worsened by particular activities.

Symptoms of Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy

The first thing you will notice if you are experiencing proximal hamstring tendinopathy is a sharp and recurring pain in your buttocks. Another common pain symptom comes from repetitive activities such as biking or running. You may also experience proximal hamstring tendinopathy symptoms when you attempt to accelerate your speed or sprint. Lastly, any movement that requires you to bend at the hip will leave you in pain if you are suffering from proximal hamstring tendon is stressed.

Risk Factors For Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy

Most of the risk factors associated with proximal hamstring tendinopathy involve being physically active, injury history, and demographics. If you are someone who runs, jumps and kicks a lot, you are at a higher risk of stressing the tendon along with other parts of the hamstring. Having a history of either a high hamstring tear, or any sort of lower body injury, also increases your chances of obtaining this injury. Age increases the risk of proximal hamstring tendinopathy as well.

How to Diagnose Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy

There are two main ways your doctor will diagnose proximal hamstring tendinopathy. First, your doctor will give an interview to learn about the pain you’re experiencing, your medical history, and about any other symptoms. Based on the interview, various physical exams can be undertaken to determine where the pain is and how severe it may be.

Treatment For Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy

Whether you need non-invasive treatment, minimally invasive treatment, or surgery for proximal hamstring tendinopathy will depend on your doctor’s diagnosis of the injury’s severity.

  • Non-Invasive Treatment

Most injuries that can be treated non-invasively have the same formula to treat it. These methods include rest, ice and/or heat, stretching, and strength exercises.

  • Minimally Invasive Treatment

If it is determined that you need a minimally invasive treatment for your proximal hamstring tendinopathy, a few options are available. Minimally invasive treatment options include steroid injections, ultrasound needle tenotomy, and PRP injections.

  • Surgical Treatment Options

The more serious the injury, the more likely it is that it will require surgery to repair. There are two surgical treatment options for proximal hamstring tendinopathy; debridement and complete tenotomy. The first involves removing the injured tissue, and the latter involves reattaching the tissue. The decision for which surgery will be performed will depend on which projects the highest return of function and comfort.

Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy Specialists in NJ

No matter what treatment is required to fix your tendinopathy, you need a doctor who is experienced. The physicians at New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute specialize in the in all hamstring treatments, along with other orthopedic and sports medicine services. Contact us today at one of our many northern New Jersey locations to get started on your treatment today.

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Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.


Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.

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Anthony Festa, M.D.


Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.

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Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.


Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.

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Robert M. Palacios, M.D.


Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.

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Craig Wright, M.D.


Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.

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John Callaghan, M.D.


John Callaghan, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma specialist. His expertise encompasses the treatment of acute traumatic injuries.

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