Q&A: I'm a 15 year old cross-country runner with persistent hip pain, any advice?

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Hi.  I have been experiencing constant hip pain for the last month.  I am 15 years old and had been running cross-country (3.1 miles).  The pain occured gradually while I was running.  It has been around for about a month.  I have seen an orthopedic surgeon about it and go to Physical Therapy once a week, but it is fairly persistant pain.  I was diagnosed as having strained hip flexors with tendonitis. Does that sound correct?  How long will it be before I can run and jump again?  I would like to play basketball this winter, but right now I have a lot of pain just walking and going up steps.  Any advice would be appreciated.  Thanks.

- Emily


James L McAllister, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

It is very hard to give advice without being able to evaluate you in person. That being said, if you are not improving with physical therapy you may want to be seen by an Orthopaedic Surgeon that has had a fellowship in Sports Medicine. You may also require an MRI to evaluate the injury.

--James L McAllister, M.D.
San Diego, CA

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