Low back pain is a common ailment that can be caused by several different factors.
In many cases, the pain is a result of poor posture because of a misalignment of the pelvic joint known as pelvic obliquity. This condition can also result in pain in other areas of the body, including the head, neck and legs.
Nurse Michael Peshka of the Hartford HealthCare Pain Treatment Center answers questions about pelvic obliquity and explains how the condition can be treated:
Q: What is pelvic obliquity?
A: Pelvic Obliquity is the misalignment of the pelvis, typically where one hip is higher than the other. This condition can lead to abnormal postures due to the spine compressing and becoming misaligned to compensate for any misalignment.
Q: What are the symptoms?
A: Pelvic Obliquity can mirror other painful conditions due to its involvement with the pelvis and spine. Symptoms include: Back pain, headache, leg pain, asymmetrical gait, uneven leg length and difficulty walking.
Q: When should I seek treatment?
A: If you notice any changes in hip height, if you are experiencing any undiagnosed back or leg pain or notice changes in your walking gait/movement it may be time to look at treatment options.
Q: What are the treatments offered at the Pain Center?
A: The Pain Treatment Centers at Hartford Hospital and MidState Medical Center use a combination of the following to treat this condition:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory therapy
- Sacroiliac Joint injections
- Sacroiliac ablations
- Physical therapy,
- Mobilization therapy
- Surgery (if necessary)
Click here for more information on treatments for pelvic obliquity and other conditions offered by the Hartford HealthCare Pain Treatment Center.