Health & Wellness
ARE YOUR HIPS STRONG ENOUGH? WE CAN HELP YOU FIND OUT
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that over 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that approximately 149million workdays are lost due to back pain. While millions of Americans experience back pain, the majority of back pain cases are non- specific, meaning that there is not a primary cause, such as a fracture or disc protrusion. With non-specific back pain, there are usually 3 common factors that are contributing to it: 1. Poor posture. 2. Weak core and gluteus muscles. 3. Poor hip flexibility. You may be thinking, “What do my hips have to do with my back pain?” Well,
your hips have a very large range of motion that works together with the movement of your back. Your hips contain thick Y-shaped ligaments known as “iliofemoral ligaments” that work to provide support. With prolonged sitting over weeks, months, or years, these ligaments shrink, reducing the natural movement of the hip joints. When the iliofemoral ligaments shrink, they begin to yank and pull on the pelvis, which is attached to your spine – thus causing back pain. Additionally, this can cause the pelvis to tilt, altering the posture of your spine and increasing strain. Luckily, this can be resolved through improving your hip mobility. Contact Kerrville Physical Therapy Center today to find out how!
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