The ABC’s of PHT: A Guide to Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy

By: Noah Bernhardt, SPT in conjunction with Dave Nissenbaum MPT, LAT, OCS and Jeff Schleusner DPT, PRO Physical Therapy

What is proximal hamstring tendinopathy?

Proximal hamstring tendinopathy (PHT) is a common injury among distance runners and endurance athletes–especially those whose jobs involve long periods of sitting. It presents as deep gluteal (butt) pain that worsens with running, accelerating (such as when sprinting on foot or bike as well as ascending hills on foot or bike), or sitting on hard surfaces.1 If this type of pain persists greater than 3 months it is generally considered to be a tendinopathy.

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