Reader: I am 60 and like to bike and walk. For three months, I have had pain on the outside of my left hip. At first, it hurt after I walked or biked. Now, it hurts daily and is worse when I lay on that hip at night.
Patient: I am a 50-year-old runner who has had pain in my Achilles tendon for six months. It bothers me at the start of a run and continues to improve until after I am done, when I experience severe pain and stiffness.
It is very common to develop rotator cuff tendinitis, an overuse injury, from working out. Commonly, your shoulder starts to hurt at the extremes of motion and as a result, you then avoid moving the shoulder to these motion limits.
Patient: I have been working out regularly for six months. Lately, when I have been doing upper body exercises, I start to have pain and numbness that travels all the way down my right arm into my little and ring finger.
Q. I fell one week ago on a cruise ship and hurt my right shoulder. I am 48 and right handed. When I fell, I heard a pop and my shoulder really hurt. Since the injury, the pain is less but I feel really weak when I bring my arm across my stomach or overhead. My primary care doctor in Miami took X-rays and determined that nothing is broken. Will my shoulder get better on its own or should I see a specialist?
Q. Dr. Selesnick, I was playing basketball and got kneed in the front on my thigh last week. It really hurt and I had to stop playing. That night my thigh swelled and my thigh and knee got stiff. I rested it but it still hurts and I walk with a limp. I thought it was just a bruise but now I am startling to worry. Will my leg go back to normal soon or should I see a doctor?
I was running to catch my dog and I got a sudden, sharp pain in the back of my thigh and butt. At first I had trouble walking and sitting. I rested it and took Advil. It is slightly better, but I am still limping. What is my next step?