Hope everyone is having a great week so far! I spent my weekend in Chicago at a continuing education course regarding the low back and pelvic region. Picking up some new techniques at the course was great and it will be nice to put them to use in the clinic. Since I have been talking about back pain all weekend, I thought this would be a great opportunity to write a blog post about it! And so many of us suffer from back pain, even if it is very occasional, but it can be so debilitating if not resolved.
Back pain can be caused by many different dysfunctions whether it is a fracture of some kind, arthritic changes, nerve compression, disc herniation, or impaired movement (too much or too little). However, back pain can also come from dysfunction at the pelvis and will linger until the dysfunction is resolved. Most people do not realize that the pelvis is made up of two pelvic bones and they are not rigidly fixed. Movement does occur between them and sometimes it can become impaired.
For example, say you are walking down a flight of stairs and misjudge how many stairs you have left and end up landing very hard onto your foot (and yes, I’ve done this myself!). This jolt can create a rotation within one of the pelvic bones and then that bone gets “stuck” in this rotated position. Typically, people will feel a sharp, shooting pain at the time of incident and then the pain will continue to linger. Pain is often felt on only one side (the rotated side) and can sometimes be pinpointed to one location. Pain is often located towards the top of the buttock, close to the waistband of your pants.
The above mechanism of injury is an example and does not always occur that way. I have seen patients that have just woken up one day with pain and end up having a rotated pelvic bone. Resolving the rotation is fairly quick and easy, but it often takes a few times in order to maintain the proper position. If you are experiencing this pain, it is better to have it looked at sooner rather than later since the longer the pelvis is rotated, the more changes that occur at the surrounding muscles which ultimately create an incorrect muscle memory. If you are having pain, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Please leave your comments below or you can reach out to me at FitandTonedWI@gmail.com.
At Fit and Toned, we offer one-on-one treatment utilizing a hands-on, manual therapy approach in order to resolve your pain and educate you in a home program to remain painfree. If you live in Hales Corners, Muskego, New Berlin, Franklin, Brookfield, Waukesha, West Allis, Wauwatosa or any other surrounding area, please call us to schedule an appointment for Physical Therapy.