Local doc: Hip flexors can be major pain

Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson celebrates the first goal of the game in front of New York...

Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson celebrates the first goal of the game in front of New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist and Thomas Pock in the first period at Scotiabank Place. Photo by Blair Gable / SUN

DONNA CASEY

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Say it ain't so, doc.

Daniel Alfredsson's hip injury suffered during Thursday's Senators game against the Hurricanes could stretch into Stanley Cup territory, according to one local doctor.

The Ottawa captain, who didn't skate yesterday because of an injury to his hip flexor muscles, may be nursing a serious injury that could keep the team's top point-getter off the ice for weeks.

"If it's a small sprain, especially with the first-class physiotherapy that he would get, he probably wouldn't be off more than two weeks. But if it's a major tear, it could take him out for the season," said Dr. Sara Regimbal, an Ottawa family doctor.

The hip flexors are the muscles that help flex the hip by bringing the knee up to the abdomen.

If the injury is a small sprain similar to a groin pull, Alfredsson would likely get back on track with physiotherapy, rest and ultrasound treatment.

However, if Alfredsson has suffered a tear to the deeper pelvic muscle, it's "a big injury," said Regimbal.

"If it happened during a game and it's a really wrenching injury, he probably tore it and he would probably be out more than two weeks," said Regimbal.


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