I just had a recent youtube inquiry on how to deal with a recent injuring blow to the front of the hip that was causing hip popping and pain that is prohibiting from physical activity that I think a lot of people can find helpful.
My advice all comes from experience and knowledge gained from dealing with and overcoming a chronic hip injury as well as pain — I’m no doc :). That said, I did do a 360 on an injury that really limited me and like you I prevented me from playing ball which was psychotically challenging for me. So 2 things could potentially be going on from what you said that you should explore and look into —
1. The (iliopsoas) tendon that is located in the front of your hip (over your femur) is totally irritated and inflamed from the impact. This requires time, and an anti-inflammatory regimen to recover from. Check out this post here on injury relief 101 which will give you some things to do to help reduce inflammation. If it has intense inflammation going on, you may want to take some time to do a 45 google research on foods that cause inflammation and foods that reduce inflammation and adjust your diet (off the top of my head I know onions, greens and garlic are good natural inflamitories).
2. The shock of the impact (and maybe even just general lack of maintenance) has your tendons and muscles in tension and you need to build a stretching/flexibility practice that is very gradual at first and you listen to your body in order to tell you when to move deeper into the stretch. A runners stretch is good for this and I have a video on yoga for runners that could come in handy for you as well as the flexibility aspects of “Balancing the hips video” and my “Hip Injury Basics 2”. If you just jump into an intense stretch or force your body you are almost guaranteed to make your situation 100x worse and have to watch from the sideline even longer. So be patient and give your body the space it needs ( I know it’s not ideal, but it’s what your body needs now to heal.)
Last thing to mention in regards to doctors is that at best in my experience they can be used as guides, but you need to lead the research on how your body is reacting and getting to know it better. This will lead you to asking the right questions (and even disqualifying some feedback that is not ideal for you). Eventually you will get something that is on point and works for you.