Four Most Common Hip Injuries Dr. Gott Treats

1. Muscle Strains

Many athletes, whether they are high school, collegiate, recreational, or professional have suffered a muscle strain occurring in the hip region. Most commonly these occur to the hip flexors, and adductors. A hip adductor strain is better known as a “pulled groin”. This is the muscle that helps to bring your leg in towards the midline.

The other common muscle pulled is the “hip flexor.” Contrary to popular belief there is no muscle with the name “hip flexor.” However there are muscles, such as the Psoas, and the Sartorius which do aid in hip flexion. These muscles can be strained in a “hip flexor injury”.


2. Hip Labrum Tear

Due to the invention of hip arthroscopy and high resolution MRI, we are now better able to understand new pathologies of the hip. The labrum is a rim of cartilage which helps to deepen the hip socket. Injury to this structure can cause hip pain.

The pain caused by a labrum tear is usually in the groin area, and can wrap around the side of the hip. Patients with labrum tears usually have pain with deep hip flexion and rotation.


3. Stress fracture

Stress fractures in the hip are fortunately very rare. These fractures occur usually due to an over use injury. Frequently patients who have other medical conditions can be more susceptible to sustaining stress fracture of the hip.

Patient with stress fractures have pain with walking and with raising their leg up when lying down.


4. Traumatic Hip Fracture

The majority of hip fractures occur in the elderly, and are usually due to a fall. Many times the patient has osteoporosis which is a condition where one has lost bone density.

Hip fractures are emergencies and almost always require surgery. The goal of these surgeries is to get the patient mobilized as soon as possible.


If you’ve suffered a hip injury, schedule an appointment with the orthopedic doctors at Westchester Sport and Spine by calling (914) 358-9700.

Dr. Michael Gott is a Westchester orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. He 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.