The gluteus medius muscle is the primary muscle responsible for keeping your pelvis level as you walk. If as you walk, your hip dips down when you lift your foot, the gluteus medius on the opposite side is likely not performing its job at 100%. This is a common problem during pregnancy due to the sudden added weight and stress put on this muscle.
There are two primary locations for pain to occur on account of the pelvis tilting; low back pain, hip pain or both. When the pelvis is tilted from side to side it creates a bend in the spinal column of the low back, off setting your center of gravity and making your low back work harder than it needs to. The tilting of the pelvis also compromises the hip joint where the hip bone (ilium) attaches to the tail bone (sacrum) collectively giving this joint the name of sacroiliac joint or you may have heard it referred to as the SI joint. As demonstrated in the photo below, the tilt in the pelvis can lead to a shearing force (the force of gravity is pushing the bones past each other instead of into each other - similarly to the way scissors move) through the SI joint. In the image below, this shearing force is demonstrated by the left SI joint in the right pelvis. The pain a person may experience from dysfunction of the SI joint can be local to the area or it may refer down the leg or into the back.
How can we fix this? There are specific exercises that can be given, possibly with the combination of manual adjustments and/or K-taping, to aide in healing with this issue. If you suspect this muscle may be weak, then come to Rooted Chiropractic and we will start with an exam to establish a treatment plan. The most encouraging part about having a weak Gluteus Medius, is that there is typically something that can be done for it! If you relate to this blog post, you may book online, shoot us an email or give us a call and we'll get you taken care of. - Dr. Daniel Huschka DC