Rotated Pelvis


Quick Facts about a Rotated Pelvis

A rotated pelvis can lead to intense pain, pinched nerves, damage to the intervertebral discs, and muscle spasms. So why does a rotated pelvis happen in the first place and how can it cause these problems?

Normally, the spine rests on top of the central part of the pelvis and has a slight forward arch. However, when the pelvis is rotated anteriorly, the sacrum is tilted forward and the rest of the spine must do the same. The body then makes up for this by tilting the lower spine backwards which creates curvature in the lower back. This curvature can lead to some of the aforementioned problems and complications.

Since the psoas muscle connects to the lumbar spine, a tightening of the muscle can develop which can make the problems worse. The spine is pulled down and forward as the psoas tightens and this can deepen the back's curvature. A tightening can also occur in the piriformis muscle, and this can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, also creating pain in the process. This is usually referred to as Sciatica, and can be felt through the lower back and even down into the leg.

Sometimes, a rotated pelvis can also have effects on the lateral thigh muscle and this can cause hip and groin pain. An increase of pressure on the fluid filled sacs between the muscle and bone of the hip can irritate the bursa which can lead to a stabbing sensation.

The femur can also be repositioned when the pelvis tilts forward because it must rotate internally due to the hip joint's ligament structure. When the femur is rotated, the groin muscles are stretched and this can cause injury to them. Over time, the hip joint can even become degenerative.

In order for treatment to be the most effective, the condition needs to be caught fairly early. Visiting a chiropractor can help with a rotated pelvis and as well as some of the complications that is can bring in some cases. Chiropractic manipulation, therapy modalities, moist heat, massage can all be used to assist in curvatures. Acupuncture might also be effective when used alongside of chiropractic care.  Using cold packs and a neck roll, cervical pillow, or a rolled up towel to re-introduce a more normal cervical curve are also things that can be tried at home in order to alleviate some of the symptoms, too.  

Spinal and pelvic adjustments along with therapy can also help correct problems that you might face in your hips and legs due to a rotated pelvis. Sometimes, a heel lift can be inserted into the shoe if there is a pelvic tilt of more than 6mm and this can hold up the tilted pelvis. By doing this, the symptoms can be relived in most cases.

Anti-inflammatory enzymes can also be used to treat a rotated pelvis.  They are able to decrease inflammation and aid in the healing process, plus they are natural substances that many chiropractors advocate.  

There are also anti-spasm exercises that can help return the normal muscle tone to the pelvis. These are specific exercises that don't just stretch the muscle, but return it to its normal functioning condition. Exercises are also used to stabilize the pelvis, too.

Although it can take some time, there are ways that a rotated pelvis can be treated. However, if the rotation has affected other parts of your body, such as your hips and legs, then these will need to be treated and singled out as well. Therefore, do not ignore any signs that something might be wrong with your back, hips, or legs. The longer you put off getting checked out, the more intensive the treatments might have to be.