Twisted Pelvis


A Twisted Pelvis - Often Easy To Treat

A twisted pelvis sounds like a terrible, or at least a grotesque situation to be in, however it is a more common condition than most people realize. The pelvis is literally a pivotal part of the body. The pelvis not only supports the spine and the upper part of the body, but enables and controls bending, twisting, and generally keeps body motion and posture in a state of equilibrium when we are moving about.

Just the name, "twisted pelvis" sounds like the pelvis has been rotated somewhere between 45 and 90 degrees out of its normal forward facing position. In truth, the term pelvis misalignment may be more accurate. While "a misalignment" sounds much less serious than "twisted', a pelvis that is a little out of kilter can cause plenty of pain or discomfort.

Muscles Often The Issue - Muscles in the pelvis are attached to, and control movements in, the legs, back and spine. There are also associated tendons, ligaments, and joints, any one of which can directly or indirectly be the cause of a twisted pelvis. There is a certain synergy involved, as the muscles, ligaments and joints work together to keep the pelvis in position, but also can work together to keep the pelvis in an undesirable, or twisted, position. In other words, if a certain condition causes the pelvis to assume an unnatural position, muscles may tighten to compensate, and in doing so, will tend to keep the pelvis in that unnatural state. For example, a bulging disc may result from a not too severe spinal injury. Muscles may tighten to protect the disc and spine, and in so doing may pull the pelvis out of position. Aside from treating the problem of the bulging disk, pelvic treatment may involve nothing more than enabling the affected muscles to relax. In situations like this, once tension is relieved, the pelvis will usually rotate back to its correct position on its own.

Injury to muscles within the pelvis, or muscle spasms, are fairly common causes of a twisted pelvis, and in that respect, a twisted pelvis is normally a symptom of a problem elsewhere and not a disorder in itself. If a muscle is injured, the central portion of the pelvis, the sacrum, on which the spine rests, may tilt forward to compensate for the muscle problem. This places the spine in a forward leaning position that is not natural. To compensate for this we would tend to arch our back backwards. While the compensation angle may not be large at all, barely noticeable in fact, it could over time cause a great deal of back pain, pain that would very likely not be associated with the pelvis.

Tight Calves - Muscle injury or damage doesn't have to be directly associated with the pelvis either. One source sites the fact that calf muscles, if tight and not allowed to sufficiently relax, may affect the pelvic position, especially if the tension in the calves is unbalanced. Athletes are often aware that tight calves can cause back pain and other problems, though they may not associate the pain with a twisted pelvis.

Hips, Legs, And The Sacroiliac Joint - There are in reality quite a few things that can result in a twisted pelvis, including a number of situations in which the skeletal-muscular system in the body suffers an imbalance for any reason. A hip replacement is a fairly common cause, as is a disorder affecting one of the sacroiliac joints. Our feet are not always precisely the same length, a situation which will not affect the pelvis, but if our legs aren't very close to being the same length, pelvic twist could result.

A twisted pelvis isn't something that often is easily diagnosed, but recurring back pain is one of the more likely indicators of this condition. Fortunately, the cause of a twisted pelvis usually lies elsewhere, and treatment to cure the pelvic twist seldom requires surgery or anything beyond muscle treatment.