Is it possible that a weak and inflexible hamstring is contributing to chronic knee pain and instability? I’ve strengthened the hell out of the quads on the leg and I still get patellar dislocations far too often.
Also, how many of you do dedicated hamstring exercises? The only “hamstring” work I get, traditionally, is stabilization during squats, deadlifts, and lunges.
(I know, you’re not doctors, except for those of you that are. I have a consult with a surgeon next week, finally, so this is more for my own information/edification.)[/quote]
Are you male or female?
It’s definately possible that weak hamstrings are contributing to knee pain, especially if you’ve increased the strength differential between the hamstrings and quads.
Are you in PT now? If so, why not?
There are tons of hamstring exercises you can do: RDLs, SLDLs, single leg DLs, leg curls, glute-ham raises (sounds like you found this one already, it’s a fun one), etc.
Anyways, get into PT if dislocations are a problem. And don’t be afraid to ask the PT about their experience, education, etc. And do try to find a clinic where you’ll actually be with a PT and not an exercise tech.
<------------------ Not an MD.