Have you ever heard of pelvic misalignment? If you are struggling with back pain and headaches, a misalignment in your pelvis could be the cause. A trip to the chiropractor will give you definite answers, but if you want to learn more about this condition, read on.
What Is Pelvic Dysfunction or Misalignment?
Your pelvis is located at your lower torso, where the base of the spine rests. The pelvis is a collection of bones where the femur meets the leg and also protects the organs found within. These bones help control your body’s movements, such as standing, walking, sitting, and bending. From the pelvis bones, muscles and ligaments branch out and hold your legs. When these muscles and tendons become tight on either side, it can cause a misalignment of the body. When there is a misalignment, the pelvis could be tilted to the right or left, the pelvis could be leaning forward, or it could be leaning backward.
What Causes Pelvic Misalignment?
Keep in mind that your body could be making up for another problem within the body or spine. If there is a bulging disc in the spine, muscles may be tightening up in that area. Because of the disc and tightening muscles, the pelvic could be pulled out of alignment. The initial problem may not lie in the pelvis, but an alignment could be a secondary issue. On the other hand, a pelvic misalignment could be the primary issue that leads to other secondary conditions. Other causes could include:
- Short leg syndrome: This could be a cause of or a symptom of pelvic misalignment. It can be difficult to diagnose because short leg could be a functional problem or an issue with the structure of the leg.
- Scoliosis: A curve in the spine, this can lead to a twist in the pelvis as well. Pelvic rotation could also be a reason for scoliosis.
- Muscular imbalances: When one side of the body is stronger and pulls the weaker side in that direction.
- Hypolordosis or hyperlordosis: These are common causes and effects of pelvic dysfunction. Hypolordosis can lead to a tucked pelvis and hyperlordosis can lead to an anterior tilt of the pelvis.
- Poor posture: Over time, poor posture can lead to a misalignment.
What Does it Feel Like?
Pelvic dysfunction pain is typically felt as a deep ache in the upper part of the buttocks. This ache can be made worse by standing, walking, or climbing stairs. It is rare to feel pain in the leg and it is almost never felt below the knees. When an achy, sore, stiff, or tight feeling is felt on one side of the buttock and doesn’t go away within 24 hours, it could be a sign of a pelvic issue. Movements like putting on your socks, sitting, or standing for long periods of time can result in pain. When this condition is left untreated, it could lead to lower back pain, disc degeneration, joint pain, and muscle strain.
In order to avoid lower back pain, it is necessary to consult with a chiropractor to determine the cause of the misalignment. An initial visit with a chiropractor can help you recognize trigger points, point out certain helpful exercises and recommend a chiropractic adjustment or a change in daily habits. However, there could be several treatment options depending on your body. Along with certain exercises that we will cover in a future blog, strength, endurance, and flexibility training can improve the condition.
Visit us at IN Chiropractic & Wellness to learn more about pelvic dysfunction and how a chiropractic adjustment could be beneficial.