A rotated pelvis occurs when one side of the hip shifts or rotates out of its normal position. While it’s typically not considered a serious condition, allowing the hip to remain in this position can lead to inflammation, discomfort and pain. A rotated pelvis will become progressively worse without treatment, as the hip bone (ila) gradually works its way further away the body. This is why it’s important for individuals to seek professional attention if they are suffering from a rotated pelvis.
There are several different potential causes of rotated pelvis, one of which being a pulled hamstring. The hamstring is a long muscle that runs underneath your thigh, connecting the bottom of your knee to the back of your hip. When this muscle is pulled or stretched, the back of the hip bone is pulled as a result. Pulled hamstrings are a fairly common injury among sports athletes. Even if there’s no direct physical content, you can still pull this muscle simply by running or performing other activities.
Another common cause of a rotated pelvis is a tightened hip flexor muscles. As these muscles tighten, they pull the front of the hip forward, which actually strains the hamstring muscle in the process. If the pelvis shifts far enough forward, the angle will present a noticeable rotation.
Whether the rotation is caused from a pulled hamstring or tightened hip flexor muscle, following the RICE (rest-ice-compression-elevation) will get your body back on track. If these muscles are continuously worked out, even with the strain causing rotation, it will only prolong the condition. The human body is capable of fixing itself in most situations, but it needs ample time to rest in order to accomplish this.
Certain types of physical injury are also known to cause hip rotation. It’s not uncommon for individuals in automobile accidents to suffer from hip rotation. If enough force hits the front or rear side of the hip, it may shift the angle downwards. The blunt of the impact can knock the hip bone out of its normal position and into a tilted state.
Unfortunately, most people wrongfully assume their condition is a growth deformity, such as one leg growing taller than the other. Looking at a rotated hip in the mirror may give you this impression, but a professional chiropractor or physician can properly identify this condition.
There are some steps individuals can take to protect themselves from a rotated pelvis. Performing basic core-building exercises, for instance, will help build up the muscles necessary for maintaining a healthy pelvis. Planks, bicycle crunches, leg lifts and lunges are all excellent workouts for building stronger core muscles. Some people even refer to the lunge as the “hip flexor lunge” due to its ability to target the hip flexor muscles around the pelvis
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