Pain in groin and hip

by Jade

To make this a bit easier, I'm 39 yrs old, I was in a car wreck when I was 17 where I hurt my lower back. I have had issues with my pelvis twisting and causing pain in my sciatic nerve. I still have swelling in the "triangle" above my tailbone and if it is pushed on will cause pain down the backs of both legs. Fine as long as it isn't touched.

Lately I've been having a lot of groin pain in my left leg. It's there when I sit and very painful to walk/bend over. I have also been having horrible pains in my right hip. I can no longer sleep on my right side as the pain will wake me up. If I sleep on my back the outside muscle of my right thigh goes "numb" but when I try and move that leg the pain feels like a thousand knives stabbing into that muscle. I have also starting getting that same issue during the day on and off.

Is it possible that this is related to my lower back injury when I was younger? What is the next step in finding out what is going on? I should also say that for as long as I can remember I have always been able to pop my hips in and out and have had issues with them; thank you so much for your time.

Hello Jade,
The first big question is do you have a family history of hip disease; has granny had a hip replacement?

Popping of your hips is strongly suggestive of a condition known as hip dysplasia; the socket is too shallow. It's strongly hereditary, but may be related to your position in utero; ask you mother; was the pregnancy normal?

The place to start is with an x-ray of your pelvis, preferably taken standing to see if it's all complicated by a short leg.

Send me a copy of the graphic at Contact once you've had it taken, and we'll go from there; and the radiologist's report please.

Dr B

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Apr 13, 2017
Answer to your questions about popping hips
by: Jade

Thank you for your time. I will get scheduled as soon as possible, may take awhile due to the fact we are very rural. To answer your questions about the hips, no hip replacements or disease in grandparents or parents.

I was however a breech birth where the doctor had to pop my hips out in order for me to be born naturally. No GP to do c-section in the hospital at the time; so that may attribute to me being able to always pop them in and out.

Hello again, Jade,
Remember to ask the doctor for an ERECT pelvis.

Meantime start with our lower back exercise programme every morning before getting of bed; they take less than two minutes and will strengthen your hips too.

You'll find them in the navigation bar at Chiropractic Help.

Send a copy of the graphic of the x-ray to Contact and a note here to let me know you've done it.

Dr B

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