Hey guys, first time post here. Been googling, asking, reading, trying so many different things trying to figure out what's stopping me here. Just found this forum so I'm hoping someone here might have that key info that I am missing to put this issue to bed.... so... here goes... I am 44 years old with a decent amount of MA experience in my past but had been idle for about 15-20 years or so. Got my kids into TKD which jump started my desire to get back up on the horse and stop being so damned lazy, lol. When I first started back I had some severe flexibility issues. Every move hurt, but I can proudly say that with a lot of effort and persistence I have overcome many of those issues... all except for this one. This pancake stretch is a favorite of my dojo and I could only hope to get my legs as wide as they are in the picture. In reality, on my best day, I can only get them maybe half as wide. The odd thing is, when I try, I dont feel a pull in my groin area, I only feel it on the outside of my hips and sometimes I feel a sharp pain on my right side. I also cannot do side leg raises to save my life. I'd be lucky if I got them to knee level. It just feels like they can't go any further. I've been to a chiropractor and he did some xrays, I was expecting to hear that I had some kind of hip impingement or some other issue that was limiting my range of motion but he found nothing like that. He did find some deterioration in my cartridge in the top of the socket joint on both sides though. It's been about 3 months now and I am barely anymore flexible in these aspects than I was before and it is very frustrating. I have found ways to be able to rotate my hips and plant foot when kicking that allow me to throw most of my kicks and hit as I am supposed to but I can't shake the feeling that things would be so much easier for me if I could increase my flexibility in these aspects. So... anyone been here? Anyone conquered it? I dont care how long the road is, I'm fine with baby steps as long as I can find a way to improve. Just so frustrated that something that is so difficult for me seems to be so easy for everyone else. Any help at all would be great! Thank you very much.