The importance of patience & trusting the process

Title: Overcoming Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy: The Importance of Patience


In today’s episode, we will discuss a crucial aspect of managing proximal hamstring tendinopathy (PHT) – patience. PHT is a challenging condition, but with the right knowledge and evidence-based treatments, you can overcome it. I’m Brody Sharp, an online physiotherapist, recreational athlete, and creator of the Run Smarter series. Whether you’re an athlete or not, this podcast aims to empower you to take the right steps to conquer PHT.

The Common Theme: Patience

In this episode, we’re exploring the significance of patience in managing PHT. To shed light on this topic, I reached out to some of my clients who have experienced PHT and asked for their insights. Two key takeaways emerged from their experiences: patience and sticking to the program.

Client Insight #1: The Need for Patience

One client emphasized the need for patience in PHT recovery. They learned that rushing back into activity too soon can lead to setbacks. Interestingly, they also found that sitting was more uncomfortable than running at times. They made a change to a sit-stand desk, which helped their recovery.

Client Insight #2: Sticking to the Program

Another client stressed the importance of sticking to the rehabilitation program. They resisted the temptation to rush their recovery and followed the plan diligently. As a result, they experienced no recurring problems.

Why Is Patience So Difficult?

Understanding why it’s hard to be patient and stick to the program can be insightful. Here are some common challenges:

  1. Frustration: Injuries can be incredibly frustrating, especially when they force you to limit or stop activities you love.
  2. Pain as a Motivator: Pain often motivates people to avoid exacerbating their symptoms when they are still in discomfort.
  3. Buildup of Frustration: The frustration of being sidelined can lead to a strong desire to return to normal activities as soon as possible.
  4. Disappearance of Restraints: Once you start feeling better, it’s easy to forget the need for restraint and overdo it.

Setting Realistic Expectations

Knowing what to expect during the recovery process is crucial. Most experts suggest that it may take six to 12 months of consistent rehabilitation to fully recover from chronic tendinopathy like PHT. It’s essential to be patient and not expect immediate results.

Practical Tips for Patience and Staying on Track

Here are some practical tips to help you maintain patience and stick to your PHT management plan:

  1. Have a Written Management Plan: Whether you create it yourself or work with a health professional, having a written plan with clear phases and goals can be immensely helpful.
  2. Gradual Progression: Gradually increase the intensity or duration of exercises, whether it’s running, strength training, or mobility work.
  3. Time or Symptom-Dependent Progression: Decide whether you will progress based on time (e.g., every two weeks) or symptoms (only when pain remains manageable).
  4. Control Flare-Ups: Expect flare-ups and don’t panic when they happen. If a flare-up occurs, consider going back one step in your plan.
  5. Rehab Never Stops: Even after returning to your pre-injury activities, continue rehab to maintain strength and prevent future flare-ups.

Key Takeaways and Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the journey to overcoming PHT requires patience, persistence, and a well-structured management plan. Understand that flare-ups are part of the process, but they can be managed. Embrace the progress you make and don’t dwell on setbacks. By following these principles, you can navigate the challenging road to recovery and return to your active lifestyle.

Thank you for joining us in this episode of the Run Smarter Podcast, where knowledge is power on your path to a pain-free future. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the Run Smarter Podcast for additional insights and advice.