“HEY DOC, MY HIP IS OUT”
7/9/08
Published in the Times Standard
 
 
      In my office my established patients often use this saying this to describe their condition. While the true hip is on the side of the upper leg, I know they’re referring to their lower back or pelvis. One of the most common causes of back pain is due to the rotation and tilting of the pelvis. The pelvis is composed of the two innominate bones made up of the iliums (the large bones you feel at your waist), the ischiums (the 2 bones you sit on ), and the pubis in the front.  The three of these parts of the innominate bones are united with the sacrum and coccyx  or tail bone by ligaments to form the pelvis.  Sitting on top of the sacrum is your 5th lumbar vertebra while the rest of the spine proceeds upward.  It is crucial to the joints and discs in your spine that these vertebrae sit evenly over the pelvis.  The joints and discs in your spine have poor or limited blood supply.  They require movement to get their food and nutrition.  By exercising, bending, twisting, walking, the joints and nerve endings in the joint capsule are stimulated and synovial fluid is produced to keep the joints lubricated.  The discs between the vertebrae are cartilaginous tissue that will absorb much of it’s nutrition during movement.  The problem often comes with the un-leveling and rotation of the pelvis, the foundation of your spine.  If the foundation is crooked, the house will follow suit.  As the pelvis rotates, usually one side back and the other side forward, the “true hip” at the side of the leg is pulled up.  This pulling up on the leg creates a short leg on one side, a classic sign of pelvic distortion. With the pelvis tilted, the spine and back muscles begin to compensate by shifting, stretching or tightening.  If the spine shifts to far, depending on the pelvic tilt, joints are compromised and will become painful and sore.  If left uncorrected more severe pain can recur and a degenerative/arthritic condition develops called degenerative disc or joint disease .  Over the years, lack of movement continues to cause loss of nutrition to the disc and joints with severe degenerative changes causing weakness or numbness to the legs, back pain and morning stiffness.
      The message here is prevention. With the beginning of symptoms like low back soreness, numbness, tingling down the leg, a pinching feeling, it is time to have a check up. With Chiropractic adjustments and wise nutrition you can maintain a healthy spine.  If the “hip is out” try Chiropractic, naturally!
 
 
 
Crosbie Chiropractic
Michael H. Crosbie, D. C.
1828 Main Street
Fortuna, CA 95540
(707) 725-5668
www.crosbiechiropractic.com