Semimembranosus Muscle Pain in West Bloomfield Township, MI

Semimembranosu Muscle Pain

Commonly confused with sciatica or hamstring tendonitis, you could be unknowingly suffering from semimembranosus muscle pain. Injury to the semimembranosus muscle results in pain while sitting or walking, making completing daily tasks a challenge.

What is The Semimembranosus Muscle?

The semimembranosus muscle is primarily in control of legs movements like bending the knee and extend the hip joint. Its additional functions include medial rotation when bending the knee and counteracting the action of bending forward at the hips.
The most medial of the three hamstring muscles. It starts at the Ischial Tuberosity, or bottom of the pelvis, and runs along the inner part of the hamstrings across the back of the knee attaching to the shinbone.

Semimembranosus Muscle Pain Symptoms

Pain radiating down the hamstrings, below the buttocks, and sometimes the top of the calf are symptoms of semimembranosus muscle injury. Pain can worsen when standing up after sitting, while walking, and during sleep.


Semimembranosus muscle pain can be ongoing or last for a short period. When you sit on a hard surface or for extended periods, you may experience short-term pain in the semimembranosus muscle.

Athletes who have repetitive hamstring injuries are susceptible to semimembranosus muscle pain. This is often the result of poor condition and muscle imbalances. Athletic activities like splits, kicking a ball, and hurdles also place an athlete at risk of developing semimembranosus muscle problems.


The initial stage of semimembranosus muscle pain treatment includes rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and a reduction in physical activity. It can take anywhere from one to three months for the muscle to fully heal and regain normal pain-free function. Soft-tissue mobilization will alleviate stiffness and pain while a specialized exercise plan helps combat the muscle imbalances that caused your semimembranosus muscle pain in the first place.

Chiropractic adjustments will also correct the misalignments created from a lack of comfortable mobility.

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