Uneven Hips

Uneven hips anatomy
Uneven hips X-ray

What are Uneven Hips?

Uneven Hips posture definition:

Uneven hips, also known as hip hike or leg length discrepancy, refer to a condition where one hip is positioned higher than the other. This imbalance in the hip alignment can lead to various physical problems and discomforts, affecting a person's posture, gait, and overall body mechanics.

Anatomy of Uneven Hips:

The anatomy of uneven hips typically involves a combination of factors that contribute to the misalignment that puts one side of the pelvis higher than the other.

The most common include muscle imbalances in the lower extremities, hips, spine, trunk, or shoulders. True structural issues in the pelvis, spine, or differences in leg length are less common (and often over-diagnosed).

Additionally, compensation mechanisms, such as one-sided dominance and overloading by certain muscles or shifting body weight to one side, often causes and exacerbates the issue.

Common problems related to Uneven Hips:

Uneven hips can lead to several issues, including:

  • Lower back pain: The misalignment of the hips can cause strain on the lower back muscles, leading to discomfort and pain (usually on one side).
  • Sciatica: Uneven hips can contribute to sciatic nerve compression, resulting in pain, numbness, or tingling down the affected leg.
  • Hip, knee, and ankle pain: The imbalance in hip alignment can put stress on the joints of the lower body, increasing the risk of pain and injury. Long-term, the uneven loading can lead to arthritic and degenerative joints.
  • Gait and posture problems: Uneven hips can cause an abnormal gait and poor posture, which can further contribute to muscle imbalances and pain.
  • Reduced athletic performance: The misalignment of the hips can negatively impact an individual's balance, stability, and overall physical performance.

Addressing uneven hips through targeted exercises, stretches, and posture therapy can help alleviate these issues and improve overall body alignment.

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