Pelvic Tilt – A Gift of Sedentary Work Style

With each passing day, the advancement in technology is increasing our sitting time on desks and computers. This has steadily been accompanied by various health problems such as backache, cervical pain, obesity and various postural problems including pelvic tilt.

Before going into the details of postural hazards, let’s see the mechanics of our back. Our vertebral column is connected below with the hip bone (or sacrum) at a certain angle.

If this angle is not proper, the pelvis (the whole hip girdle), is tilted forward or sometimes backwards.

This condition is known as Tilted Pelvis. The angular misalignment develops commonly in people who live a sedentary lifestyle, especially those who work long hours on desks and computers. The chances are further increased if a regular exercise is absent in one’s daily routine.

Pelvic tilting can be of four types:

  • Anterior
  • Posterior
  • Right sided
  • Left sided

Anterior tipping is the commonest.

Consequences of This Abnormal Tipping

  • Alignment of internal organs gets disturbed. In women, uterus may get tilted posteriorly or anteriorly. A backward tilted uterus is called retroverted. It may cause painful menses. Pregnancy is sometimes affected and chances of miscarriage are there.
  • Pelvic obliquity or tilt may affect various joints of the lower limb, such as knee joint or hip joint. The imbalance in weight bearing of the body leads to early wear and tear of ligaments and pull on muscles.
  • The whole musculoskeletal system gets affected. Some muscles are unduly stretched, while others are shortened.
  • Overall physique may be affected in extreme cases.
  • The disks between the vertebrae are adversely affected.
  • Early disintegration of intervertebral cushions occurs, leading to back pain.
  • Low back pain is the commonest presenting symptom in pelvic tilt.
  • Gait may be affected.

Correction

Most cases of tilted pelvis can be corrected by appropriate exercises, which aim towards correct postures and muscle stretching.

Here are some more details on correcting anterior pelvic tilt.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Tilted Pelvis – A Gift of Modern Day Office Life

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Let us know how the pain started. Any injury associated with it?

      It’s likely to be a pulled muscle. Gentle stretching and light massage may help. You may take any over the counter muscle relaxant (spray or tablet) to alleviate pain.

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  1. S P

    Hi –
    I am a year 5 Triple Negative survivor, classified stage 3 due to absent metastasis. Had intense chemo for a period of 6 months.
    I have a couple of issues I would like your opinion on.
    1) For the past year or so, I have been experiencing a feeling of heaviness/object in the upper right quadrant of my abdomen. When I sit it feels like there is a tennis ball in that area. There are frequent instances of my having to lie down flat to relieve an intense pain that radiates to the back. I am constantly conscious of that area because of the dull pain I presume, and also specifically just after I eat a carb heavy meal. Blood work, sugar, cholesterol, all within normal levels. Xrays and ultra sounds (done two years ago) are clear. Doctor does not feel any hardness in that area.
    2) I have had constant pain in my right shoulder that is not relieved with any pain killers. for the past month there is a bruise on the same shoulder that is increasing in darkness and size. There is generalized pain, but not necessarily increased sensitivity in that area. Blood work is clear.
    I am not sure if this is enough information, but I would really appreciate your opinion. Due to lack of proper sleep caused by these issues, I am constantly fatigued.

    Thank you so much in advance.

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