By Dr. Lauren Schofield
All too common in the high school athlete is a pelvis that is unlevel, and if undetected can cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. An unlevel pelvis, defined as a pelvis that has one ilium higher, is typically seen on an A-Plumbopelvic X-ray. Any provider who does not look for this common finding in our young athletes is missing a critical finding.
So what are the consequences of an unlevel pelvis?
For an athlete this imbalance of asymmetry between right and left increases the likelihood of injuries and decreases potential performance. Just like a car with a misalignment in the frame, the harmony in motion of the car between right and left is felt in the performance of the vehicle.
The immediate effect of this imbalance in the young athlete is injury. The imbalance will put a greater stress on the soft tissue that attaches to the pelvis (ligament, muscle, tendon and cartilage). This increase load sets the soft tissue up for failure with the repetitive use of the pelvis. This means as an athlete that plays the same sport and the same position over a long period of time, the repetitiveness of this motion will lead to premature tissue breakdown.
The long-term effect of this imbalance is an acceleration of degeneration in the joints involved. This makes an early detection of the unlevel pelvis critical, even in the absence of symptoms.
As mentioned many times either on my radio show, on the news or in my blogs, it is imperative that your young athletes not play one sport all year long! To diversify the activity will not only reduce the stress on the body, but strengthen the body by creating change in demand and motions of the activity. It is also just as important to have your young athlete examined for pelvic unleveling by coming into Advanced Chiropractic Wellness Center for a complete evaluation. Mention you read this blog and receive a FREE examination.
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