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Old 03-13-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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Lower Back Pain/Hip Displacement

[SIZE="2"]For as long as I can remember, I've experienced a moderate to severe pain in my lower back whenever I would run for anything more than a few seconds. It feels like my lower back is tightening to the point that it's too unbearable to continue. After joining my school's JROTC battalion, I realized that I can't stand straight up with both heels touching the ground unless my feet are spread a few feet apart.

I went to a chiropractor and received mixed results from the "Cox Technic" without any mention of adjustment, although I did receive an X-Ray that revealed that my left pelvis is around an inch higher than my right, creating a leg length discrepancy where my left leg is shorter than the right.

After unexpectedly discontinuing treatment with that particular chiropractor due to a change in my schedule, I signed on with another who adjusted me immediately, although there was no visible effect to my leg-length discrepancy as treatment continued. After about five weeks of treatment with the new chiropractor, I'm still just as afflicted as I was to begin with. (During this time I have been on hiatus from all of my Sports related activities in order to avoid undoing what the chiropractor might be fixing.)

Have I not waited long enough to see results? Are there any exercises that I can be doing to fix any of my issues on my own? Is there any other advice anyone can give me?[/SIZE]

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Re: Lower Back Pain/Hip Displacement

Chiropractic isn't the right treatment for all back problems. I think it's time to get to a doctor, ideally a specialist who treats spinal disorders. Continuing with chiropractic could do more damage than good.

I would definitely get things checked out by a doctor.

 
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Re: Lower Back Pain/Hip Displacement

You mention that you are athletic...? While I would not discount going to a doctor... I would look into an exercise therapist or a myoskeletal massage therapist... (someone who is certified in M.A.T.) - JROTC.... you are prepping for college or you are already there, look to those who are going to school for their physical therapy degree... they might be able to point you to a few specialists... but don't let a student work on you

The hip difference, in height, can also be attributed to your muscles incorrectly pulling on your torso and legs... the coined phrase is "muscle imbalances". The chiropractic care will not help if your muscles are pulling incorrectly on your joints.

 
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Re: Lower Back Pain/Hip Displacement

Hi, and welcome to the back board. I also think it is time to see a spine specialist and to back off from the chiro in the meantime. The chiro really isn't an expert on back issues and can actually do more harm than good with their methods. Not to say that there aren't some very good ones, but they just aren't trained for spinal issues.

A spine specialist is either an ortho surgeon or neurosurgeon with a fellowship training and they limit their practice to the spine only....no hips, knees, etc.
They are the best at evaluating your problem, ordering the proper imaging (MRI, ct scan, myelogram, etc.) and then reading the results themselves. They will also know what kind of treatment you need and what will be most beneficial. It's good to get more than one opinion, especially if surgery is mentioned as that should be the last resort if all else fails.

I hope you will stay in touch and keep us updated.

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Re: Lower Back Pain/Hip Displacement

[QUOTE=maltluver;4711755]Hi, and welcome to the back board. I also think it is time to see a spine specialist and to back off from the chiro in the meantime. The chiro really isn't an expert on back issues and can actually do more harm than good with their methods. Not to say that there aren't some very good ones, but they just aren't trained for spinal issues.

A spine specialist is either an ortho surgeon or neurosurgeon with a fellowship training and they limit their practice to the spine only....no hips, knees, etc.
They are the best at evaluating your problem, ordering the proper imaging (MRI, ct scan, myelogram, etc.) and then reading the results themselves. They will also know what kind of treatment you need and what will be most beneficial. It's good to get more than one opinion, especially if surgery is mentioned as that should be the last resort if all else fails.

I hope you will stay in touch and keep us updated.

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Here I thought that chiros were spine specialists. They spend many years looking at only spinal problems in their training although no surgery of course.
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James, chiropractors are NOT spine specialists. They have little training in that area and can do more harm than good with "adjustments" and some of the machines they use. While they can be helpful if you don't have issues such as herniated disc, nerve impingement, spondy, etc., they simply aren't the right person to treat spinal problems. They can be great with muscular issues, etc. but often they treat the back or neck and have you keep coming back for more treatment that really isn't helping.

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Re: Lower Back Pain/Hip Displacement

[QUOTE=maltluver;4712572]James, chiropractors are NOT spine specialists. They have little training in that area and can do more harm than good with "adjustments" and some of the machines they use. While they can be helpful if you don't have issues such as herniated disc, nerve impingement, spondy, etc., they simply aren't the right person to treat spinal problems. They can be great with muscular issues, etc. but often they treat the back or neck and have you keep coming back for more treatment that really isn't helping.

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I must apologised, I thought that is what they spent five years traing for. I am not quite sure how they treat muscular problems, I thought they dedicated themselves to spinal conditions. I can agree that many have given chiro a bad name by selling packages of treatment and offering chiropractic as a way to prevent disease.
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Re: Lower Back Pain/Hip Displacement

Chiropractors acting alone may or may not help you... there are good ones and bad ones. A good one will work in conjunction with a therapist to help strengthen the muscles....

Chiropractors restore nerve function, this helps your muscles (and lots of other organs and body functions work properly). If your muscles are weak then naturally the bones will 'slip' and the same problem as before will occur.

A chiropractor should understand this and recommend a therapist for you to work with... (not give a pamphlet with silly easy exercises to do).

You will notice that your bones will stay in place a lot longer if your muscles are stronger.... stronger muscles go hand in hand with unblocked nerves.

 
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Re: Lower Back Pain/Hip Displacement

Hi Panda,
Kind of funny that you are going through what I went through40 years ago including the standing at attention (ROTC) since I experienced that at Miami Military Academy.
I had the same hip displacement due to my chronic lower back pain.
Two things helped me...being fortunate enough to have a local Naprapath (see in Wikipedia) who allowed me to stand straight with the same pressure in both legs plus a comfort product I invented to give me sleep relief.
Again, I would not waste time/money with any chiropractor.
Take care and good luck.

 
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