In life, there are fewer pains more debilitating than back pain, yet 3 out of 4 people will suffer from some form of acute back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain, particularly lower back pain, can be excruciatingly painful. If you are experiencing any form of back pain, and aren’t sure what might be causing it, it could be an anterior pelvic tilt. But what is an anterior pelvic tilt, which problems does it cause, and what can you do to correct it?
What is an anterior pelvic tilt and which problems does it cause? – When a person finds that their pelvis is tilting more to one side than the other, this tilt, however small it may be, could create spinal misalignments. As each of the vertebrae joints will not be in the correct position, they will not function as they should and will not fall into the proper planes of motion. Additional stress is placed on the joints, which causes lots of pain and discomfort. Varying degrees of back pain may be experienced, plus there is the risk of a herniated disc, which is absolute agony and is only corrected via surgery.
How do you know if you have an anterior pelvic tilt? – Most people that suffer from this condition are not even aware that they have it in the first place. Small degrees of tilts within the pelvis are normal, but if the tilt is too much, that is when problems can arise. There are numerous ways of determining whether or not you have this problem. One way of making a diagnosis is to stand up straight. When standing straight, your shoulders be even, and your lower back will curve in slightly. If, however, you find that your shoulders are at different levels and lower back is curving outward, this is a tell-tale sign that you have a pelvic tilt.
Now what can you do to correct an anterior pelvic tilt? Try the following:
- Try to diagnose what may be causing the tilt
- Speak to a chiropractor
- Visit a chiropractor and have regular adjustments
- Try to perform more exercise and physical activity (check with a physical therapist about which exercises will be the most effective.)
- Work on your mobility and flexibility
Correcting the pelvic tilt will help alleviate the lower back pain, and you’ll be back to normal activities soon.
For more information, contact Hooper-Thurston Elite Chiropractic at 252-237-2166.