So I'm posting this here (in the proper place) now that I have a full diagnosis of my issues I've been asking about... I'd been having some flexibility issues that were stopping me from doing roundhouse kicks. After some Dr. appts and finally a trip to see Orthopedics yesterday I have come to find out that I have Advanced Osteoarthritis on both sides. It also appears that the ball part of my hip joints aren't perfectly round anymore and are starting to "elongate" I think is the term he used. I also have little osteocytes or bone spurs that have developed on the ball. According to the Dr, it's these Osteocytes that are stopping my actual flexibility as I try to raise my legs to the side (think typical leg lift) these Osteocytes come in contact with the hip joint and stop the movement. The dr. was not keen on suggesting hip replacement due to my age, 44. He also was not interested in cortisone shots as my daily pain really isn't all that bad yet. It kind of comes and goes. So I'm essentially in a pain management situation now and waiting for everything to just get worse. Obviously, I'm not crazy about that idea but still, this is the only option I've been given so far. My MA instructors are ok with my limitation and are willing to work with me on it, but I'm not ok with just accepting this unless I have no choice. I still plan on doing leg lifts and stretches to try and strengthen the muscles in these areas as much as I can but, obviously, I'm being told to not push it once it begins to hurt. So I guess my question here is, does anyone know of anything, supplements, exercises, literally anything that I can try to better myself in this area? I can accept that I'm not going to be kicking anyone in the head but right now, I'd be lucky to kick someone in the knee.