Back and Hip Pain

How to Deal with Back and Hip Pains

Back pain is a mysterious thing. Every time your feet hit the ground, the shock is transferred up your legs to your hips and spine. It could be that you have flat feet, or it could be that one of your legs is minutely shorter than the other, or that your pelvis is just a little uneven.

You could have a curve in your spine. More seriously, one of the discs between the vertebrae of your spine could be degenerating.

Most of the causes of back and hip pain can be relieved by exercises but in serious cases surgery may be required.

Detection and Cure:
Back pain can be a tough mystery to solve, but with a doctor's help you should be able to track down the cause. While muscle strain is the most common cause of back and hip pain for busy and physically active people, play it safe and visit an orthopedist, an osteopath, or perhaps a chiropractor to have your spine and vertebrae examined if you are experiencing severe back or hip pain.

If you have ruled out sciatica, i.e. pain caused by the sciatica nerve (the longest nerve running down from the brain via the spine way down to the leg) being pinched by pelvic tilt or by pressure from a degenerating disc between the vertebrae, then back and hip pain may be caused by an uneven pelvis or unequal leg lengths.

Remedy for Back and Hip Pain:
  • For immediate relief from back and hip pain, cut back on walking and running and try some damp heat: hot baths or the steam room.
  • If the problem is disc deterioration, surgery may be necessary. Take this condition seriously, and see a doctor.
  • If your spine is merely out of alignment, manipulation by a chiropractor may help ease your back pain. This may also ease your muscle strain.
  • If an uneven pelvis or unequal leg lengths is causing back and hip pain, the solution will likely be to try to correct the problem with a heel lift on the short side.

Whatever the case, make sure that the remedy matches the problem; do not use a heel lift if your doctor does not confirm that you have an uneven pelvis or unequal leg lengths, or you may only make the pain worse. If your problem is in the structure of your foot, your solution may be as simple as wearing different running shoes.

In most cases of lower back pain, you will benefit from exercises to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles. Please visit spine-health and find the most common spinal exercises to relieve back and hip pain.

Do not forget to consult your doctor before taking up any measure to ease back or hip pain.

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