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My hip started hurting after doing aerobics. What should I do?

Q. I am 62 and have been doing aerobics for the last six months. Over the last month, I have started to develop pain in my left hip and some loss of motion. I now have pain while sleeping and difficulty getting out of a chair.

Last week, I stopped my workouts and began talking Ibuprofen and this helped somewhat. I really enjoy aerobics; however, I am concerned about this chronic hip pain. Do you have any advice?

A. There are multiple causes of hip pain and some may not be related to overuse.

Pain with workouts and loss of motion could be related to a micro fracture of bone known as a stress fracture. A more common cause of hip pain and loss of motion in your age group is the development of arthritis.

Muscle injury, a labral cartilage tear or bursitis can also result in hip pain, catching or weakness. Some of these conditions are more serious, but all are treatable.

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I recommend you see an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible to establish an accurate diagnosis and prognosis. The doctor will likely order X-rays and possibly an MRI scan to optimally assess your pain and loss of motion.

Dr. Harlan Selesnick is team physician of the Miami Heat and director of Miami Sports Medicine Fellowship, Doctors Hospital. Send your questions to

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