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    Uneven hips??

    I'm suprised I never really noticed this before, but I took some 'before' pics today, and in looking at them, I noticed that my hips are uneven.

    It looks like they're tilted - like one side is skewed a little upwards.

    Anybody else experience this? Is this something that a chiropractor could adjust?
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    Originally Posted by carbonmade78 View Post
    I'm suprised I never really noticed this before, but I took some 'before' pics today, and in looking at them, I noticed that my hips are uneven.

    It looks like they're tilted - like one side is skewed a little upwards.

    Anybody else experience this? Is this something that a chiropractor could adjust?
    it could be that your not standing stright, or that the photo was taken not at a stirght angle.. but also could be that your hips are un even. getting an x-ray will let you kno for sure. a ccyroprator will be able to give you an x-ray. and may be able to strighten it out , idk. i had an x ray and my neeck bone bends the opisite way than its saopse to. the cyropractor said that it was caused from eairly life trauma, but no one know what trauma it was, i do have problems with sitting to long and stuff. he said exersizes and correct posture will help strighten it out. he said my whole back bone curves a little as well setting off my whole body to be a little crooked. i never knew i had these problems, i went there just because i was haveing back and neck achs.
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    Originally Posted by carbonmade78 View Post
    I'm suprised I never really noticed this before, but I took some 'before' pics today, and in looking at them, I noticed that my hips are uneven.

    It looks like they're tilted - like one side is skewed a little upwards.

    Anybody else experience this? Is this something that a chiropractor could adjust?
    In all seriousness. My hips or pelvis more specifically is seperated and will be forever. It can be painful and I went to a chiropractor and he only made things worse because I was not properly diagnosed originally. So perhaps if it causes a problem and you want to be certain go to a regular doctor first. That said, my chiropractor was the one who told me he didn't think it was my back and I should see an orthopedic specialist.


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    You need to see a chiropractor who deals with spinal and/or postural correction, not just some hack who only deals with symptomatic treatment of back pain. It may require some homework on your part to locate one in your area that will take X-rays if needed. If it is an alignment problem, they should be able to give you an idea of timeline for correction. If you have any muscle asymmetry or strength imbalances in your legs, that's another indicator of a problem to be corrected by a good chiropractor.
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    I would avoid a chiropractor like the plague and see an osteopath instead. My osteo regularly re-adjusts my hips as they sometimes creep out of alignment.
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    I have the same problem due to a curve in my spine. Luckily it's not curved enough to be considered scoliosis, but I can tell when I look in the mirror that my hips are off. And when I lay down and put both legs straight up, my knees don't match up perfect. I have a small amount of pain from it every now and then. Hopefully it's not causing you any pain. I'd consider getting it checked out just in case, but I would agree with what lou said and skip the chiropractor.
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    yeah i have that too my hips, ribs, and shoulders are extremely uneven because of a curve in my spine. not serious scoliosis, but enough to annoy me when i put on a bathing suit. if it is a curve in your spine then theres really nothing about it you can do. they only give back braces for curves over about 30% (i think) and surgery is risky and usually ineffective
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    My hips are slightly uneven as well. This is what has caused my many knee problems (especially in the right), but every time I do something active (walk, hike, run), they even out. It actually serves as sort of a motivation factor because when my hips are even, my knee doesn't hurt. Sort of negative motivation, but I guess it works.

    Have you noticed any difference between before and after doing something active?
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    Originally Posted by SunnyAZGrl View Post
    My hips are slightly uneven as well. This is what has caused my many knee problems (especially in the right), but every time I do something active (walk, hike, run), they even out. It actually serves as sort of a motivation factor because when my hips are even, my knee doesn't hurt. Sort of negative motivation, but I guess it works.

    Have you noticed any difference between before and after doing something active?
    Well, I can tell that something is wrong when I lift weights..specifically doing deadlifts. I always go down a bit uneven and lean to one side.. I have to really think about it and concentrate to make sure my body does the exercise correctly.

    I have an appointment with an osteopath in a few weeks. Hopefully he'll be able to help. I'm just afraid he'll tell me I can't run/lift weights.

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    Lou and WDW - from my understanding, a chiropractor can re-align anything an osteopath can, so why avoid one like the plaque but not the other?
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    are you sure ur standing straight in the picture, it could be the lighting but it looks like ur stance is off.
    physical therapist's can help to, i had ankle issues, while i was there they noticed a slight hip tilt n gave me some exercises, yoga helps too, at least for me, after im all stretched out they are more level
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    Originally Posted by JKUD View Post
    yeah i have that too my hips, ribs, and shoulders are extremely uneven because of a curve in my spine. not serious scoliosis, but enough to annoy me when i put on a bathing suit. if it is a curve in your spine then theres really nothing about it you can do. they only give back braces for curves over about 30% (i think) and surgery is risky and usually ineffective
    Just wanted to comment on this. I have scoliosis and had a spinal fusion (ten vertebrae) when I was 14 (11 years ago) due to two 60+ degree curves. I wouldn't say that surgery is "ineffective" -- it saved me from frighteningly progressing curves that were literally crushing my organs. However, my spine did rotate a bit post-surgery and caused my rib cage to be uneven again (sticks out farther on the back right side, and my right shoulder blade sticks out); however, it is not nearly as bad as it was before the surgery. I live a normal life and rarely have pain unless I tweak something the wrong way. I have been working out since I was 13 and I think that has helped a lot.

    carbonmade78: You do look like you might have mild scoliosis, but I don't think you are anywhere near needing surgery. I think your imbalance could be corrected (or at least greatly improved) with a chiropractor and/or physical therapist. You might want to also look into ART (Active Release Technique) for your shoulder that is higher than the other. It has done wonders for me. It can be a bit painful at first, but it will likely help release those muscles and help your shoulder sit a bit lower.

    Personally I like to think of myself as normal and the rest of the world as "odd"... I mean, who has a perfectly even back?!
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    I'm a massage therapist, and in looking at your picture I would suggest that you have your piriformis and iliotibial band checked out. Sometimes in people where these muscles are particularily tight on one side (or sometimes both!), it can cause all sorts of problems from one leg being noticeably shorter than the other to hip rotation.

    It's just a thought. I'd suggest seeing a really good massage therapist in your area (if anything, you'll get a nice massage!). If the problem is not structural and is only muscular, a few sessions should solve it.

    Just a thought - do you drive a standard transmission? I see this a lot in people that do. Also women that have had multiple children, or runners that do not stretch properly.

    Also, having worked for numerous chiropractors, I would also advise you to avoid them like the plague. See an osteopath or an MD instead.
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    DistinctChoice -

    Osteopaths are much more concerned with total body wellness. Unlike chiropractors, who seem much more hellbent on just curing the problem the patient complains about, an osteopath will seek out the root of the pain instead of the referring area. In other words, the chiropractor might know that your back pain is caused by your feet, but he'll treat your back and give you immediate relief, though the pain will eventually come back. An osteopath will treat your feet and alleviate the problem all together.

    Also, osteopaths are trained to manipulate joints in such a way that you don't hear that popping or cracking sound like you do with a chiropractor. Chiros a lot of time will force a joint into place when it is not ready to move, which can damage nearby nerves, muscles, and tissue.

    Many osteopaths are also trained surgeons, which is a plus.

    Every single chiropractor I have ever worked for has abused drugs, ranging from pills, to weed, to cocaine. Sometimes a combination of all three. No kidding. An old boss of mine actually died over Thanksgiving weekend due to a drug overdose. He was one of the most chiropractors in the area. I anonymously reported his behavior many times to the Department of Health, but no action against him was ever taken. My guess is that it was because so many chiropractors are so buddy-buddy with lawyers (for referrals).
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    Wow! How enlightening. Not to slam you, it sounds like you have not worked with the cream of the crop of that profession.
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    Originally Posted by DistinctChoice View Post
    Wow! How enlightening. Not to slam you, it sounds like you have not worked with the cream of the crop of that profession.
    Ha! It would seem that way, but I have worked with some of the "best" chiros in the Orlando, FL area.

    It is a pretty big shame, though.
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    Originally Posted by freshstart217 View Post
    I'm a massage therapist, and in looking at your picture I would suggest that you have your piriformis and iliotibial band checked out. Sometimes in people where these muscles are particularily tight on one side (or sometimes both!), it can cause all sorts of problems from one leg being noticeably shorter than the other to hip rotation.

    It's just a thought. I'd suggest seeing a really good massage therapist in your area (if anything, you'll get a nice massage!). If the problem is not structural and is only muscular, a few sessions should solve it.

    Just a thought - do you drive a standard transmission? I see this a lot in people that do. Also women that have had multiple children, or runners that do not stretch properly.

    Also, having worked for numerous chiropractors, I would also advise you to avoid them like the plague. See an osteopath or an MD instead.

    Thanks for the tips everyone. I have an appt. with an osteopath on the 27th so hopefully he'll be able to give me some insights.

    freshstart - I don't drive a standard or have any children - but I do run and I'm bad about stretching. I went to a masseuse about a month ago and she asked if I carried my backpack/purse/heavy bags on my left shoulder cuz it seemed tighter than the other. Could that have something to do with it?
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    Thanks for the tips everyone. I have an appt. with an osteopath on the 27th so hopefully he'll be able to give me some insights.

    freshstart - I don't drive a standard or have any children - but I do run and I'm bad about stretching. I went to a masseuse about a month ago and she asked if I carried my backpack/purse/heavy bags on my left shoulder cuz it seemed tighter than the other. Could that have something to do with it?
    It could. I'm glad you're seeing a DO. Carrying a heavy bag, like a purse, on one side of the body all the time puts a lot of strain on that muscle group. It's better to alternate sides from time to time to give your muscles a rest, or not carry a purse at all, or lighten the load. Same goes for backpacks - it's a terrible thing for your muscles and spine to use just one strap. Better to use both straps at the same time or to use one of those rolling bookbags.
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    Originally Posted by carbonmade78 View Post
    I'm suprised I never really noticed this before, but I took some 'before' pics today, and in looking at them, I noticed that my hips are uneven.

    It looks like they're tilted - like one side is skewed a little upwards.

    Anybody else experience this? Is this something that a chiropractor could adjust?
    It could be the way you are standing but my hips are off. You cant tell by just looking at them but when I went in to get adjusted for my back they told me my hips are off. Now they are better.
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    I have the same thing going on...My right hip is lower, as is my right shoulder. It's because my right leg is shorter than my left. I have to wear a lift in my shoe. It used to cause back pain (as it caused my spine to curve), but wearing the lift helps!

    I think it's funny (for myself personally, I don't think it's funny that other people may have more serious issues...just to clarify!) because I'm always lopsided! Seriously, I swear I can't hang things on my wall straight because of it!

    Good luck though, and I hope everything is OK!
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    Originally Posted by freshstart217 View Post
    I'm a massage therapist, and in looking at your picture I would suggest that you have your piriformis and iliotibial band checked out. Sometimes in people where these muscles are particularily tight on one side (or sometimes both!), it can cause all sorts of problems from one leg being noticeably shorter than the other to hip rotation.

    It's just a thought. I'd suggest seeing a really good massage therapist in your area (if anything, you'll get a nice massage!). If the problem is not structural and is only muscular, a few sessions should solve it.

    Just a thought - do you drive a standard transmission? I see this a lot in people that do. Also women that have had multiple children, or runners that do not stretch properly.

    Also, having worked for numerous chiropractors, I would also advise you to avoid them like the plague. See an osteopath or an MD instead.


    You beat me to it! My LMT was helping in getting my hips evened back out, one was slightly shorter than the other and my toe pointed out to the sides before he fixed it. Between him and my 2nd chiro I am practically pain free. The rest is up to me and watching posture and lifting form.
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    Rolfing

    Just wondering how your osteopath appointment worked out...? Have you ever looked into Rolfing a.k.a. Structural intergration?
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    I broke my pelvis 4 years ago, now my obliques are weird, one is higher and one is lower where the v-cuts start. I assume this is because they are uneven now, and I also had soft tissue damage, my chiro said I am way way assymetrical since the accident. I have take this into account for my contest posing.
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    I have uneven hips and my physiotherapist says that it's caused by a weakness of my hips, which is also affecting my knees. I also had an injury with deep bruising and damage and my hips have't been the same since then, so we're working on both my knees and my hips.
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