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January 14, 2016 by Lori Guevera

Hip Pain in the Athlete . . . meet the Doctor!

Photo of the Dr Michael Gott
Anterior hip pain or “hip flexor” pain is a very common complaint among active individuals. There are only a few, very common reasons for anterior hip pain. It is very important to diagnose these causes correctly so the right treatment plan can be implemented. According to Dr Michael Gott, “The Top 3 Causes of Hip Flexor Pain include:

1. Hip flexor muscle/tendon strain
The hip flexors are the group of muscles that work in conjunction to elevate your leg and thus flex your hip.

These muscles originate on the pelvis or on the lumbar spine and insert onto your thigh bone or femur. An acute injury, and most overuse injuries to these muscles can present as pain in the groin or in the front of your hip.

Mostly patient have groin pain or hip pain with activities, and no pain at rest.

2. Hip labrum injury
This hip labrum is a rim of cartilage that encircles the acetabulum. The acetabulum is the socket portion of your hip, which is a ball and socket joint.

It acts to deepen the socket and provide a suction effect to keep your hip in place. The hip labrum frequently is injured in athletes who participate in sports requiring deep flexion of their hips, or extremes of range of motion, like dancers.

The hip labrum can be injured acutely during a trauma to the area or over time which may be caused by impingement between the ball and socket of your femur joint. Many times a patient who has been treated for a long time for a hip flexor strain and is not getting better will have an injury to their hip labrum.

3. Hip arthritis
Arthritis is the loss of articular cartilage in a joint.

Cartilage is the smooth surfaces on the ends of the femur bone and in the socket of the hip joint that allows the hip to glide through a smooth and painless range of motion. When this cartilage wears away, or degenerates it can cause pain in the front of the hip near the hip flexor.”

Come to Dr Michael Gott’s free lecture on January 28, 2016 from 7-8 PM and learn helpful tips for hip pain at Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley, located inside Club Fit Jefferson Valley. You can also stop by and meet Dr Gott from 6:30-7:00 PM in the lobby at Club Fit Jefferson Valley. Call to sign up at (914) 245-8807 as space is limited. Dr. Michael Gott is a Westchester orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. e has also been an active member of the National Ski Patrol as well as a Member of the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol for 18 years.

Printed with permission from Dr. Gott:

Stop by and meet Dr. Michael Gott, Orthopedic Surgeon from Westchester Sports and Spine on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 6:30-7:00 PM in the lobby at Club Fit Jefferson Valley, as well as for his lecture on “Hip Pain in the Athlete”, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Conference Room.

Dr. Michael Gott is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon from Albert Einstein College of Medicine after graduating from Emory University. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Northshore/Long Island Jewish Hospital System and Sports Medicine Fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute – St. Vincent’s in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Gott specializes in conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle including traumatic and sports related injuries as well as arthritic conditions. He focuses on conservative, non-operative treatment for most conditions. In addition to his practices in Yorktown, Katonah and White Plains, Dr. Gott is the head team physician for the Yorktown High School athletics. He is also an active member of the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol, as well as their orthopedic advisor.

For additional information and to sign-up for this free presentation contact Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley at (914) 245-8807. You can also visit our website at, 600 Bank Road, Jefferson Valley, New York 10535.
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