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

January 14, 2016 by Liz

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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Learn how to prevent changes in balance for a fall-free future

February 19, 2015 by Liz

Learn how to prevent changes in balance for a fall-free future.
Practice exercises to improve your balance!

Debbie Lenihan
PT Director
Physical Therapy at Jefferson Valley

As we age the ability to maintain balance becomes more difficult. Balance and stability are important factors for aging adults to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Loss of balance is the primary factor in falls, which often results in serious injuries.

Many factors influence good balance. Some of them are biological and some we are able to influence and improve. Good balance is dependent on sensory input from the eyes, the correct functioning of the balance system in the inner ear, posture and center of gravity, and our ability to sense the position and movement in our feet, legs and arms. Vision affects the balance system, as the eyes send messages to the brain, telling us where objects are in space.

Aging adults are affected by a loss of muscle mass and strength, and have an increased risk of falls and hip fractures. Weakness in the ankle musculature may cause difficulty in recovering lost balance more quickly. Strong quadriceps muscles are necessary for good balance and walking. Evidence shows that strength and aerobic training can lead to a reduction in falls.

Loss of flexibility occurs with age. This may lead to difficulty climbing stairs, transferring from sit to stand and/or getting out of bed without difficulty. Much of the loss of flexibility is due to inactivity.

Postural changes can develop as people age which includes rounded shoulders, forward head postures and an increased thoracic curve in the spine. These changes affect the center of gravity in the body, moving it forward. With changes in the center of gravity, older adults are more prone to loss of balance and an increased risk of falls.

There are many ways we can adapt to the changes in our bodies as we age. Different forms of exercise, such as strengthening exercises, flexibility and stretching exercises, yoga, tai chi, and aerobic exercise, such as walking, will all contribute to decreasing the risk of falls and improving balance.

A couple doing exercise and clubfit logo

Join Physical Therapy at Club Fit Jefferson Valley for a free lecture: “Use it or Lose it” on March 31!

If you would like to attend this free presentation contact Physical Therapy at Jefferson Valley at (914) 245 – 8807 to reserve a seat. Space is limited to 10 participants.