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Is one of your hips tighter than the other? There’s a medical term for that: lateral pelvic tilt. There are a few reasons why this occurs, which we’ll get into below. We’ll also tell you about the signs to look out for if you think you have uneven hips and what you can do to correct the problem. Keep reading to find out.
Causes of uneven hipsThere are a few possible reasons why one of your hips is tighter than the other:
- Poor posture — When you get in the habit of putting more weight on one leg than the other over long periods of time, you can create a muscular imbalance. One leg’s muscles get much stronger than the other at a much faster pace, causing that muscle to get tighter while the other leg gets looser and weaker. When this happens, not only will you feel like you have uneven hips, but the asymmetry can become visibly noticeable.
- Difference in leg length — Your legs might not just look like they’re different sizes; they might actually be different lengths. While most people’s legs are slightly different in size, a difference over 4 centimeters can cause complications like a limp or uneven tightness. Whether your legs have been uneven since birth or are that way due to an injury or illness, this is one possible reason why one of your hips is tighter than the other.
- Scoliosis — This is a condition in which the spine curves or bends. It can be mild, moderate or severe but can “lift” one leg slightly in more extreme cases. Over time, the added pressure placed on one leg will cause that leg to build more muscle and make the other leg weaker. This condition affects between 2% and 3% of the American population (6 to 9 million people), so this could be one reason why your hips are uneven.
Symptoms of uneven hips and lateral pelvic tiltDoes one of your hips feel tighter than the other but you’re not sure? Here are some symptoms of hip misalignment:
- Lower back pain.
- Hip or buttock pain.
- Gait problems or loss of balance.
- Pain that radiates down toward or past the knee.
- Groin pain.
- Misalignment of the spine.
- Inability to walk or even stand.