Fix Those Hips: Progressive Posture Alignment, Part 1
The first part of the series will focus on Hip Dysplasia (Hip Fractures) and Pelvic Tilt. You may have heard about these problems before. However, you probably didn’t pay much attention to them because they are not common diseases among young adults. So it’s very easy to forget about them or even dismiss them as non-issues. They are both conditions that need to be addressed if you want your health to improve.
What is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a condition where there is a weak attachment between the top of the femur bone and the top of the tibia bone. These bones form a “V” shape when viewed from above. When the two bones move together, they cause the knees to bend inward. This causes pain and can lead to injuries such as osteoarthritis and tendinitis. If left untreated, hip dysplasia can result in arthritis of the spine and other problems like short stature.
What is Pelvic Tilt?
Pelvic tilt occurs when one side of the pelvis tilts forward while the opposite side tilts backward. This causes the body to lean in one direction. The pelvis can also tilt to the side, causing the body to lean to that side.
What are the Causes and Risk Factors of Tilt?
The causes and risk factors are very similar to those of hip dysplasia. In some cases, an underlying medical condition may be the cause of the tilt. The most common of these is Osteogenesis Imperfecta. This is a genetic disorder that prevents the bones from properly forming. In most cases, it involves a type of bone called “Fontanel Bone.” These bones are not properly formed and can easily be bruised or broken.
When to See a Doctor about Tilt?
If you think you may have hip dysplasia or tilt, it is important to see a doctor immediately. Hip dysplasia and tilt can both be treated by doctors with the same type of exercises and therapy. That means they can also be treated with the same physical therapy program. If you need more information, please contact us.
How Can I Fix These Problems?
Hip dysplasia is caused by weak or damaged muscles. This means that physical therapy designed to strengthen and stabilize the muscles will eliminate the pain and any future complications. Common exercises include walking, jogging, and riding a stationary cycle. This helps to keep your heart and lungs in shape as well as your muscles. Stretching exercises are also very important. Without proper stretching, the muscles can quickly become tight and lead to hip displacement.
What is a Tilt Syndrome?
Pelvic tilt often leads to a condition called “Metabolic Syndrome.” This is a condition involving obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular problems. It is important to treat the underlying cause of the tilt to address this problem.
Treatment for Tilt Syndrome
Most causes of tilt syndrome can be treated with diet and exercise. Obesity is addressed with a special diet and an exercise program. High blood pressure can be treated with certain medications as well as exercise. Diabetes is treated with diet, exercise, and sometimes medication as well.
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