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Q: What is that pain in my low back and hip?

Posted December 04, 2013 in Advice Column, Urbandale

A: Have you wondered about that pain you get between your low back and your gluteal muscles? It’s that pain that makes it difficult to get comfortable at work, watching a movie, riding in a car and even when you’re walking around, playing with the kids or doing yard work. The pain can be achy or sharp and can be felt in the hip, low back or gluteal muscles.

Low back and hip pain can come in many forms, and one of the more common problematic areas is the sacroiliac joint. These joints, where the base of the spine fits into the pelvis, bear most of the weight of your upper body. These are stable joints that don’t move much, but move enough that in time the protective layer of cartilage can wear down and become painful. The pain can also originate from strained muscles or ligaments.

Whether you’ve recently started experiencing this type of pain or have been dealing with nagging pain for years, chiropractic has been proven to be an effective way decrease pain, restore proper function of joints and increase quality of life. In many cases the pain diminishes greatly after a couple weeks of care. Many chiropractic patients choose to come in for adjustments periodically after the pain resolves to maintain proper mobility and function. They love the way they feel following adjustments, which are tailored to their body’s needs.

Information provided by Dr. Greg Pray, DC, owner, Mid Iowa Chiropractic, 8088 Douglas Ave., Urbandale, 515-344-1143.

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