Knee pain is one of the more disruptive forms of chronic pain. If you have pain in your knees, then it will prevent you from engaging in a range of different types of exercise and it will make a number of regular activities from walking to sitting more painful.
The good news is that often it is possible to address knee pain and reverse it. The key is to recognize what the cause of your knee pain is, so that you can treat it in the most effective way possible.
If the pain is felt behind the knee, then this might be caused by a popliteal synovial cyst. This is a fluid filled cyst that appears at the back of the leg, often in response to arthritis or cartilage damage. It can go away on its own over time.
Otherwise, a range of injuries to the tendons, hamstring or PCL can all cause pain behind the knee. Fortunately, if this is the case, then you can engage in a number of different stretches in order to address and solve the problem. Read on for a range of hamstring rehabilitation exercises that might solve your problem.
1. Standing Hamstring Stretch
Stand normally in front of a chair or a low stool and then place one foot in front of the other so that the heel is resting on the raised platform. Note that even if only one side hurts, you should always stretch both legs in order to avoid uneven flexibility.
With the leg extended here, now you should reach forward as though you are trying to touch that toe. You’ll feel a tight pull in the back of the leg very early on. Don’t push this to the point of pain, but hold it just at the point where it is mildly uncomfortable.