Client insights: Panic, social influences & pain science

Title: Overcoming Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy: Insights from a Client

Subtitle: Understanding the Impact of Panic, Social Influences, and Pain Science


Welcome to another episode of our podcast series dedicated to helping you overcome proximal hamstring tendinopathy (PHT). In today’s episode, we will explore crucial insights shared by a past client who battled PHT. We’ll discuss the challenges they faced, including panic, the influence of online communities, and the role of pain science in their journey to recovery.

Understanding Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy

Proximal hamstring tendinopathy can be a debilitating condition, whether you’re an athlete or not. In this podcast, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of this ailment, evidence-based treatment options, and dispel common misconceptions surrounding it.

Meet Brodie Sharp, Your Host

I’m Brodie Sharp, an online physiotherapist, recreational athlete, and the creator of the Run Smarter series. I’ve also personally battled with PHT, which gives me a unique perspective to guide you through this challenging condition.

The Power of Shared Insights

One of the most valuable aspects of this podcast is hearing from individuals who have faced PHT head-on. Their reflections and insights serve as a source of inspiration, education, and reassurance for others who are going through a similar journey. In today’s episode, we’ll dive into a client’s reflections that shed light on the psychological, social, and physical aspects of managing PHT.

Dealing with Panic and Catastrophizing

The client highlighted the issue of panic and catastrophizing that often accompanies a PHT diagnosis. It’s common for individuals to turn to online communities, such as Facebook groups, for support and advice. While these groups can offer valuable insights, they can also be filled with horror stories and exaggerated accounts of suffering. This influx of negative information can easily lead to panic and catastrophizing, making the pain feel more severe than it actually is.

The Role of Social Engagement

The client also emphasized the importance of maintaining routines and staying connected with friends during their PHT journey. Social engagement is a crucial element in managing this condition, as PHT is not just a physical issue but also a biopsychosocial one. Staying active in your social circles and nurturing meaningful relationships can provide emotional support and motivation for recovery.

Physical Rehabilitation: Monitor, Progress, Listen

In terms of physical rehabilitation, the client highlighted the importance of careful management and progression of exercises. When dealing with PHT, it’s essential to monitor your symptoms, track your progress over time, and listen to your body. A skilled and knowledgeable physical therapist can help you find the right balance between strength training and returning to running, which is often a delicate process.

Taking Control of Your Recovery

It’s crucial to remember that PHT recovery is not a passive process. You are in control of your journey, and the role of a professional is to guide you, not take away your power. Foster independence in your recovery, and seek guidance from experienced therapists who understand the complexities of PHT.


In this episode, we’ve explored the impact of panic, social influences, and pain science on managing PHT. It’s essential to approach your PHT journey with a balanced perspective, seek support from reliable sources, and prioritize both physical and psychological aspects of your recovery. Remember, knowledge is power, and by taking the right steps, you can overcome proximal hamstring tendinopathy.

Stay tuned for future episodes, including case studies and interviews, as we continue our quest to help you conquer PHT. Best of luck with your recovery, and remember, you’re not alone in this journey.