Flight of the Tilted Pelvis

Someone told me that we are already 3% of the way though 2012. It made me frantic and feel the need to evaluate how I’m coming along with my 2012 goals, and then I remembered that I don’t have any.

*twiddles thumbs*

Shortly after that I read this great quote:

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question” – Harun Yahya

birdTo answer that, in reference to run goals, is plain and simple; I don’t trust my legs, or the condition of my pelvis. My pelvis is 16 millimeters high on the left side, which is causing a rotation of pains from the pinch in my glute, to the hamstring, to the overworked calf.

To fix it, I’ve called a couple of chiropractors.

Chiropractor #1 – I went in for a consultation, all went fine until he said this, “No running”, and quickly left the room. WHAT?!!  You can’t just say that and walk out.  I won’t see a health care professional who does that.  After that absurdity, I went for a pain-free 3 mile treadmill run.

Chiropractor #2 – I went to this guy the following evening for a consultation, and found his listening and retaining my specific pelvis problem to be spotty.  Sort of like poor cell phone signal.  The second visit was an hour lecture about the spine.  I realize it’s good to know a little about what’s going on, but it was information overload and not specific to my case.  When I finally got an adjustment it was done on my neck.  MY NECK!!  Including the first consultation, getting my neck cracked cost me $89 out of pocket.  The desire to go back to him is very slim.

Chiropractor #3 – Pending discovery.  Third time is a charm?

What’s most important to me right now is that I’m going to keep fighting no matter how frustrating it is.  To quote Jenn’s 2012 mantra, “I’m FINDING A WAY”

My head is on straight, and now I just need to get my pelvis there too.

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21 thoughts on “Flight of the Tilted Pelvis

  1. I’m sorry to hear you are injured again too. It sucks! I had an asshole doctor do the same thing–tell me that I had PF (which I didn’t) and that I had to stop running and then left the room with me sobbing. He was an ass and I reported him for his rude behavior.

    I don’t have much faith in chiropractors. I tend to think it’s a joke and would do yoga/acupuncture/massage before I’d do chiropractor.

      • I’m glad you’re not giving up. If you had a bad experience with a dentist you wouldn’t give up on dentistry. Chiropractors are integral to my wellness and to my running fitness. I personally think all runners should get checked!

  2. If you find the right Chiro, they can help you immensely. I nearly sobbed while writing my Chrio’s christmas card this year because he is the most compassionate, knowledgeable, caring person I have ever been treated by and what he has done for me has dramatically changed my body for the better. His treatment of my pelvis/spine is simply described as: I went in with pain that no other specialist or doctor could diagnose or fix without wanting to shove pain killers down my throat and I walked out with a non-medicated solution that brought me back to pain-free training, sleeping, sitting… living. If you can find one who specializes in sports injuries, that would be ideal. My chiro treats the Hanson’s Elite Running Team here in southeast Michigan.

    I know I’m probably lucky (and maybe he’s rare), but there is hope in the practice. I wish you the best! 🙂

  3. When I tore my hamstring I had everyone from orthopedic docs to neurosurgeons tell me it was my herniated disc. They were all so damn clueless. I can’t recall ever being so frustrated in my entire life.
    No one listened to ME. All they did was look at some pictures. Ok, so I have a herniated disc…did it YEARS ago and I didn’t have sciatica back then when i screwed it up. I developed sciatica with the hamstring tear b/c the muscle was so inflamed….they couldn’t believe lil ole me could do such “big boy damage”…
    6 mos later….after being in wheelchairs, unable to sleep…walk..drive..function AT ALL…..I finally found my savior….a girl gave me the name of a PT…told me to just try…I’d been to 2 already…
    So I did….took him less than 5 minutes to diagnose me and say what I had been trying to tell people….2 tears/rt hamstring….
    4 days later I could sleep…
    1 week later I could walk.
    FINALLY, I knew I would get better….
    I still go see him…have done so a lot these past few days actually…
    Keep searching, you’ll find the person you need….
    And LOTS of folks are “unlevel” and we all run…maybe we’re not Olympians, but the body is truly amazing when you strengthen the right places and do what it needs to function at the level you’re asking…
    Find a Way, lady 🙂

  4. As promised…..my comments. I’ll try to be kind 🙂

    I have to preface this by saying that all I know of your issues (going back to after CM10) is what I have read on twitter, convos that we have had on there, and your blog. I’ve obviously never actually assessed your problems in person. So there’s that.

    And even though I’m a PT, I’m not anti-chiro. I think your experiences thus far are not unexpected, and I know that you had a negative experience with a PT (one PT) in the past. I just wonder why you’re forgiving of chiro’s while you have been hesitant to re-explore PT as an option. Personally, I feel that a combo of manual techniques (whether done by a competent chiro or a competent PT-doesn’t matter) and extensive strengthening of your hip stabilizers is key for your recovery. Based on all you have been thru in the past year and a half, I really think you have to have some bio-mechanical faults while running. I’ve never seen you run, but I’ve seen still photos of you while running. While a still photo really can’t tell a great story, if what i’ve seen goes on for 26.2 miles, there’s no doubt that you’re bound to be injured. Biomechanical issues could certainly have led to pelvic asymmetry. They most certainly contributed to your PF issue after CM10 (besides, ahem, running a second marathon 3 weeks later). You can be adjusted all you want, but if you don’t have the strength to: 1….keep what was adjusted in place (and thus not become a chiro lifer) and 2…..run with a strong, stable pelvis, with good technique, you’re gonna end up right where you started from.

    So, not to make this a whole hijacked blog post, but I really think you need to find someone who knows biomechanics. And I know I’ve suggested this before, but I’m going to again. And, again, full disclosure for all you comment readers, I am a UW Health employee. But I really think that you should visit the Runner’s Clinic at UW Research Park (http://www.uwhealth.org/sports-medicine/runners-clinic/11310). They will do a biomechanical assessment of you running and can tie your musculoskeletal issues (pelvis, weakness, tightness) together with what you’re actually doing while running and work with you from there. Even if your insurance doesn’t cover it, I think you’ll get more out of it than picking chiro’s out of the yellow pages and hoping they fix the problem.

    So….off my soapbox. Sorry for being long winded…..just trying to help ya.

    • I always appreciate your hi-jacking.
      I haven’t re-explored a PT because the one my insurance covers is only open until 4:00, I work M-F until 5:00. I can’t leave work early once a week for PT. I already leave work early once a month for orthodontist appointments. I could try to schedule the PT during my lunch hour I guess, leaving me hungry the rest of the day.
      I really thought my legs were strong, I strength train like crazy, maybe lately I’ve slipped a little with all the pains I’ve been having, but still.
      I will for sure give the Runner’s Clinic thing a try, I already dropped $89 on the chiro, what’s another $100 or whatever the Run clinic costs.

  5. Good for you for not accepting their answers! I agree with Jenn, have you consulted your PT about the issue? Sometimes Chiros are good, but other times not and a PT will be able to address the problem better. They have a better background in mechanics of how muscles and joints work in coordination and effect each other biomechanically.

    • I don’t have a go-to PT.. The problem with PT for me is that the one that’s covered by my insurance is only open until 4:00, I work until 5:00 M-F.. I just can’t leave work early every week like PT would require.

  6. This is probably a stupid question, but have you checked with your local running group for a referral to a chiro or PT that they use? One of the things I have learned as an athlete is that it can be difficult to get someone to understand what I’m saying if they aren’t familiar with the sport I play. Going to a chiro or PT that actually runs might help – and I’m betting your local bigger running group can tell you of a few probably in the group that you might want to try.
    I go to a chiro regularly for some pinched nerves, but let me tell you – when I had ass tendinitis – it was the PT that fixed it, not the chiro – and I’ve never been back for it like I end up going to the chiro. Partly b/c if I sense it flaring up, I now know what exercises to do. I did have to have a ‘come to Jesus’ talk with the PT when things were going way too slow after the first 3 weeks – where I just said, your hours are inconvenient for me & you haven’t shown me anything I don’t already know yet, so we need to start digging into this thing now or I won’t be back. Then he actually did a functional diagnosis instead of reading my chart, and miraculously gave me the exercises I needed & could do on my own that had me feeling better inside of a week – fully repaired in 2.

    • That’s not a stupid question at all, and a few people have suggested that to me too. Hmm, I wish I had posted this sooner, because I do have Monday off, and could have gone into the PT that day with the same “I have no time to mess around” attitude you did.

  7. That’s so frustrating! That’s kind of something I’m dealing with too. I say kind of because I think my pelvis situation is a bit different but none the less still a problem! I’m having to do a certain amount of treatments to get back to where I should be. The foot issue I’ve been dealing with makes me wonder if it is somewhat related! We are both finding our way! Hope we both find it sooner rather than later!

  8. If the neck was a start, he really should have explained that to me rather than babble statistics about scoliosis among woman in their 50’s.
    Based off of the comments if the next chiro I see is a dud I may give the PT thing a shot again.

  9. I agree with what David says, adjusting the neck is just the beginning. If #3 isn’t to your liking, seriously come to Brookfield and see my guy. He’s worth the travel.

  10. I hope you can find a doc you like and trust. I pink sparkle heart my chiro…she’s an athlete, does IM’s so she would never say “don’t run!” Ask other athletes who they trust and stay positive!

  11. I received chiropractic treatment at a local chiropractic college clinic. The doctor in charge of the department was a marathoner and triathlete. He supervised and consulted on all treatment I received from his “best student” and my treatment plan was designed and executed with one goal in mind: to help me CONTINUE to run – pain and injury free. This was a far cry from the 3.5 minutes my family doctor spent with me when I needed to find out what was going on with my left leg. Finding the right professional to get treatment from is often more of a challenge than the treatment itself.

    • Do you have your tilted pelvis standing or also while seated? Cause you chronic discomfort and contributes to leg length discrepancy?
      Does sitting On a thin book on the ‘short’ side relieve your symptoms?
      If so you might have a small hemipelvis. Email me at rushed0960@hotmail.com
      I had a surgery to correct mine. Transiliac lengthening. 1.8cm . Unfortunately I damaged my bone graft and am in bad shape now but for two months I was happy, pain free and level. Hopefully they can get it back there but the surgery is serious. Age 21. And you?

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