When people experience a condition known as uneven hips, their pelvis may be misaligned. The scientific term for misaligned hips is “lateral pelvic tilt.” A lateral pelvic tilt is when the pelvis shifts side to side, so much that one hip is higher than the other. This leads to unilateral muscle imbalances throughout the body.
There are a few possible reasons why your hips are uneven. It can be caused by a variety of reasons, but here are the 2 common causes:
Scoliosis is one of the most common cause of uneven hips. For this condition, the spine has a sideways “S” or “C”-shaped curve and may be slightly rotated. It can develop as the pelvis leans more to one side and this prominent lean to one side is characteristic of scoliosis as it disrupts the body’s center of gravity and overall symmetry.
When poor posture becomes a habit, and you sit or stand in the same position daily for months or years, your muscles tend to compensate. For example, in a standing position, when you get in the habit of putting more weight on one leg than the other over long periods of time, you can create a muscular imbalance. One leg’s muscles get much stronger than the other at a much faster pace, causing that muscle to get tighter while the other leg gets looser and weaker. This leads to imbalances that may make one hip appear longer or shorter than the other. The asymmetry of the hips can become visibly noticeable overtime as well.
Your spine, hips and pelvis are all connected. Patients with pelvic misalignment may feel pain in any of these regions. If you’re not sure whether your hips are uneven, look in the mirror and pay attention to these 3 criterias:
Any of these observations may indicate a hip imbalance. Some people with uneven hips will also feel symptoms of pelvic misalignment throughout their bodies. Lateral pelvic tilt symptoms can include:
Uneven hips have many causes, from scoliosis to conditions that lead to differences in leg lengths. Many of these underlying issues are diagnosed during childhood. Chiropractic care can help with this condition, depending on the severity of the issue and the person’s age. If mild, it can be addressed with an exercise program or some lifestyle changes.
If you experience any of these mild or severe symptoms, contact Live Well Chiropractic today and book your consultation with one of our Chiropractors.
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