HIP PAIN

WHAT IS

HIP PAIN?

When clients come to us with what they describe as hip pain, they may be referring to many different areas of the body. Some point to their sacroiliac joint (SIJ), their groin, their gluteus muscle, low back or acetabulum (hip) joint. It’s a large area and let’s face it, the average person doesn’t know correct anatomy.

Therefore, there are a variety of different conditions that may be contributing to your hip pain. No matter where your pain is located, in most cases, we find that clients have some dysfunction or misalignment in their pelvis which contributes to their pain.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF A

MISALIGNED PELVIS?

Throughout your life, you may have sustained different injuries (macrotrauma) or microtrauma, which includes sitting down for long periods of time. This can result in a pelvis that is not functioning well or positioned optimally.

Your pelvis is a girdle, consisting of bones such as the ilium, ischium and pubis and sacrum and coccyx (tailbone). Then there are numerous ligaments and muscle attachments. Your hip joints (acetabulum) are the attachment of your femurs (thigh bones) to your ischiums, via ball and socket joints.

As you can imagine, there are many moving parts in the pelvis and hip. If any of the joints or soft tissues, such as a muscle or ligament, become injured or weak, then this creates an imbalance, which can result in a misaligned pelvis.

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SYMPTOMS OF A

MISALIGNED PELVIS:

  • You are stronger on one leg than the other
  • Your gait (the way you walk) is not even
  • Your shoe wears more on one side than the other
  • You constantly lean towards one side when you sit
  • You can not sit comfortably
  • It’s painful for you to get up from a seated position
  • You sleep with one leg crossed over the other when you sleep on your side
  • One hamstring is a lot tighter than the other
  • Knee and/or ankle pain
  • Pain when doing high intensity training such as running

The only way that you can determine if you have a misaligned pelvis is by consulting a health professional who assesses biomechanics, such as a chiropractor.

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