Hip Sacroiliac & Leg Problems
You sit on them, need them to walk and they provide an attachment for dozens of muscles and ligaments. Your hips are a masterpiece of engineering. But like any precision instrument, if they're not fitting just right, all kinds of problems could arise. Do your joints "click" when you walk? Do your feet flare-out or turn inward? Does one leg appear shorter than the other? Do you have leg, knee, buttock, hip or low back weakness or pain? If you answered yes, it's time to get a chiropractic check-up.
When you were born you had many more bones - each of your hip bones was originally three separate bones: the ileum, ischium and pubis. They fused at puberty. Behind your hip bones are your sacrum and coccyx; in front they form your pubic bones. Together all of these bones make up your pelvis. A woman's pelvis is wider than a man's, has a larger inlet and is more curved - for delivering babies.
A joint is where two bones meet and your hips have a few of them. One of them is the ball-and-socket joint where the head of the thigh bone meets the acetabulum of the hip. Another is the sacroiliac (SI) joint, formed where the sacrum and the ilium meet. And another is the symphysis pubis, where the pubic bones meet in the front.
Studies have implicated an unbalanced hip in most adults with low back pain. Dysfunction of the hip joint may be a primary factor in the development of mechanical lower back pain.
Pelvic Organs and Your Hips
The nerves originating from the spinal column in the lower back and hips travel to the bladder, kidneys, prostate, vagina and pelvic organs, uterus and lower intestines. It is very important to ensure that the nerves to these organs are free of any irritation, compression or stress. In fact, for over a century chiropractors have noticed the intimate relationship between spinal health and hip, sacroiliac and leg problems. When your hips are uneven your legs become uneven; one appears longer than the other. More pressure is placed on the long leg when you walk - the knee, hip, ankle and foot on that side of the body may exhibit pain and signs of pressure. This is most noticeable when you lie down and is often used as a chiropractic test.
Pregnant women make hormones to relax their joints for easier delivery of the baby. However, if their spines are not healthy, they may reveal hidden instability of the hip (and other) joints and may make what should be a joyous time one of pain. Chiropractic care is particularly helpful during and after pregnancy. Chiropractors have noticed that a properly alligned SI joint, hip and spine ensures a more comfortable pregnancy, a safer and easier delivery and post-partum recovery.
Children's Hip Problems
Since childhood is a very physical time full of falls, accidents, cuts, scrapes and occassional serious injuries, children should have their spines checked, including their hips, their leg lengths and their SI joints by a doctor of chiropractic to ensure they are free of subluxations. Chiropractors and body workers have often observed that a stressful birth could damage a child's spine and could cause problems in adult life if not corrected.
A chiropractic spinal checkup should be part of your family's health care regime. This is especially important for children since sacroiliac and lower back problems may have their origins in childhood. Pregnant women should definitely have a spinal exam since the stress of pregnancy and trauma of childbirth affect the hips and the entire spinal column. Why wait for a problem to arise? See your chiropractor for regular spinal exams.