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Hip Flexor Pain

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 2:34 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Hip Flexor Pain Reply with quote

Dear Doc,

I was a competitive USCF road bike racer and NORBA mountain bike racer up until a couple of years ago when I pulled my hip flexor out on a training ride. After several weeks of continued pain I visited my family doctor who said it was a soft tissue injury and to rest it, ice it, use anti-inflammatory, etc. After a couple of months I was still having problems. My doctor sent me to an orthopedic doctor who x-rayed the hip joint and said that I had the begins of arthritis and in the 'frogged out' position he noticed a bone spur, which was confirmed by a radiologist. The orthopedic doctor sent me to physical therapist, but everything this guy did only seemed to make things worst. The doctor ordered an MRI that came back 'unremarkable'. The orthopedic doctor is now saying I may not have arthritis, but I do defiantly have a bone spur that could have been there since birth or caused from an accident. The hip flex has improved, but Iím still having pain like itís pulled. Itís like the hip flexor does not seem to want to heal. I donít have pain in the joint itself. The only medications that the doctor has me on is Advil, which he said to only take when needed and the supplements glucosamine and chondroiton. Is there anything I can do to improve this condition so I can ride again at least enough to stay fit? Is the bone spur grinding into my hip flexor keeping it strained? Is there any way to get rid of the bone spur, like surgery? Thanks for your time and help.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 4:26 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote


You may benefit from some stretching exercises and a switch to alternate exercising to allow the irritated area to heal. Get the excellent book, "Stretching by Bob Anderson to learn how to stretch safely and effectively. Look at doing swimming for a month or two and lay off the bike and running to see if this will allow healing to occur. When you get back to your bike have a thorough evaluation of your bike fit. Have a physical therapist measure your legs for leg length discrepancy that may make you prone to over stretching of a shorter leg. If you have this problem then shimming your cleats on the shorter leg may help. Of course if there is any marked worsening or no improvement seek a re-evaluation by your orthopedic doctor or a second opinion from another familiar with the bicyclist related injury issues.

Paul K. Nolan, MD
AKA: The Bike Doc
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:36 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help Doc.
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