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The pain that Annie Karp felt in her hip wasn't intense, but it was unrelenting. For months she met with numerous health care providers in an attempt to resolve the issue. And for months she had no success, until a physical therapist asked her a fairly simple question: "Are you a dancer?"

That question ultimately led to an accurate diagnosis of Annie's problem: hip impingement.

In this episode of Move Forward Radio, we'll go through Annie's experience, which included surgery and ongoing physical therapy. But as Annie's surgeon explains, surgery isn't always necessary to treat hip impingement.

Read more about hip impingement here.

Read more about Annie's story from the Medical Mysteries column in The Washington Post.

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Annie Karp is a 41-year-old human resources consultant and a mother of two. A dancer from the time she was 3 years old, Annie trained in ballet until she was 15. She continued staying fit through aerobics, running, and dancing, until the simple act of standing up caused her an ongoing hip pain that ultimately led to a year-long quest for diagnosis and treatment. 

Dr Wolff is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip arthroscopy, hip preservation, and sports medicine. He practices in the Washington, DC, area and is widely recognized as an expert in the field of hip arthroscopy and preservation. In addition to his work at Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, he is an official physician for the Washington Ballet.


Parastoo Safarzadeh Mohgaddam, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist at a sports medicine practice in Germantown, Maryland. She treats a variety of orthopedic patients and specializes in manual therapy.  As a student, she was the recipient of the Laura G. Levine-Mandell Award for demonstrating the caring and compassion that make an outstanding clinician, and was recognized by Who's Who Among American Colleges, which is an honors program that recognizes outstanding students.

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