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Old 04-13-2012, 03:23 AM   #1
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X-ray shows lumbar curve

Always kind of struggled with hip flexibility, I have almost zero internal hip rotation, and get impingement early on when my knee starts coming into my chest and bought across my body.

Have built up to over over a 2x BW back squats and a 2.5x BW deadlift, but always felt Im missing something around my hips. My hip flexors are like concrete in a couch stretch position. Even with these squat and DL numbers my hamstring strength is shocking, with cramping if I attempt a GHR. I have started building up volume of these band assisted and it is helping. Following a westside style program at the moment so getting some regular work for my hamstrings.

Had an xray to see what was going on in my hip, I was expecting some kind of abnormality around my hip capsule/head of femur but the chiro thought that looked fine. There is a 16 degree curve to the left in my lumbar spine and and excessive curve (APT) when viewed from the side. No degeneration of discs she said from the side view and no bone spurs forming etc.

Wondering how I should tackle this to try and get my pelvis realigned?

Having some shoulder issues of late also which a tight t-spine and pec minor isnt helping.

Ive recently done a course of Rolfing which I dont feel a great deal of benefit from. Have done 2 chiro visits, she makes a couple of adjustments, taps me with what feels like a staple gun and then plugs me into a electonic stimulation gadget for 15 mins.

I believe I need some agressive psoas stretching/release but wondering if Steven Low or anyone else has some advice based on the x-ray.

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Old 04-13-2012, 06:55 AM   #2
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Re: X-ray shows lumbar curve

You have a lumbar scoliosis. So the next question is if it is anatomical or functional. Functional meaning is it there as a compensation? Typically the compensation is for a leg length difference. A CT scan would be the best way to evaluate your leg length. Also, that x-ray is not a hip study; you cannot visualize the entire femoral head on the right, among other issues. Are there other hip films? If you are having hip problems it might be worth getting a hip series if you did not already.

Adjusting your back and hooking you up to e-stim is not going to do much for you. I suggest you find a practitioner who will treat this properly.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:41 AM   #3
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Re: X-ray shows lumbar curve

Thanks Megan.

That was my thought too. The only other view that I have is a side xray.

We are very limited over in HK, I dont believe there are any ART therapists here, just googled and found a graston place.

So you advise I go and get a CT scan, all sounds a little scary
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Re: X-ray shows lumbar curve

Any good physical therapists over there?
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:45 AM   #5
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Re: X-ray shows lumbar curve

To be honest I don't know I havent first hand experience with many. Of course always have clients recommending people but not really that sure where to start without just picking one.

This guy is spoken highly of..

http://www.balancehealth.com.hk/ther.../PhilipClarke/
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:11 PM   #6
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Re: X-ray shows lumbar curve

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To be honest I don't know I havent first hand experience with many. Of course always have clients recommending people but not really that sure where to start without just picking one.

This guy is spoken highly of..

http://www.balancehealth.com.hk/ther.../PhilipClarke/
looks like there is some arthritic change on your left hip, which can give you loss of motion. a good physical exam can pick up leg length discrepancy and its cause- whether it is true (legs actually longer) or apparent (your pelvis being tilted from scoliosis)
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:55 AM   #7
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Re: X-ray shows lumbar curve

Sean, is it the heavier whiter colour on that hip that is saying that to you?

All this talk of spine twisting / arthiritis etc is pretty worrying, I'm 28 Will get it looked at asap
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Re: X-ray shows lumbar curve

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Sean, is it the heavier whiter colour on that hip that is saying that to you?

All this talk of spine twisting / arthiritis etc is pretty worrying, I'm 28 Will get it looked at asap
there is some narrowing of the hip joint space with a bump on the femoral head or ball of the hip
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:56 AM   #9
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Re: X-ray shows lumbar curve

Alix, I have an S curve in my lumbar area. I've seen a chiro for years and it honestly hasn't fixed it. My legs are only 1/2 inch different, so it's definately a hip issue. Good luck!
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Re: X-ray shows lumbar curve

Another comment regarding the poor quality of the film is the fact there is no shield for your reproductive organ, nor is there any defined margins. And if this is a hip series there is no reason that the thoracic spine should be included. Whomever took this needs to revisit his radiographic technique notes. And you need to find a new doctor.
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