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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01-11-2009, 09:58 PM #1
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01-12-2009, 12:58 AM #3
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01-12-2009, 12:05 PM #4
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.
01-12-2009, 01:57 PM #5
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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.September 2006 - 9km Sydney Harbour Bridge Run - 45:25
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01-12-2009, 08:26 PM #6
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.
01-12-2009, 11:00 PM #7
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
01-13-2009, 05:44 PM #8
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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?
01-13-2009, 06:51 PM #9
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.
Here's a pic - I'm not sure if it's over 30% or not - I enver have any backpain or discomfort... I'm just petrified of having to have back surgery.
01-14-2009, 12:02 PM #10
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?
01-14-2009, 01:25 PM #11
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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
01-14-2009, 02:19 PM #12
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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?!
01-15-2009, 02:14 PM #13
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.
01-15-2009, 02:25 PM #14
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).
01-15-2009, 03:14 PM #15
Wow! How enlightening. Not to slam you, it sounds like you have not worked with the cream of the crop of that profession.
01-15-2009, 03:54 PM #16
01-15-2009, 06:11 PM #17
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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01-19-2009, 05:31 PM #20
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!
01-19-2009, 06:48 PM #21
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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."Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude" - Thomas Jefferson
05-29-2014, 05:58 AM #22
Just wondering how your osteopath appointment worked out...? Have you ever looked into Rolfing a.k.a. Structural intergration?
06-01-2014, 11:22 AM #23
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.
06-03-2014, 10:02 AM #24
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.