The Hip and Back Relationship

golfWhen discussing any type of back problem we also need to review the relationship that the back has with the other joints in the body, particularly the hip. Recall that the spine is designed to be flexible, but that excessive stress will lead to problems. The hip is unique in that is it designed to be a mobile joint but also depends on muscles to provide stability when needed.  Hip stability is crucial when we put weight on a single leg, such as when we walk or run. Excessive stress on the spinal joints will result in low back pain, but as you can see, the problem at the hip may the underlying cause.

Unfortunately, it is extremely common for the hip to be tight and restricted. When this occurs it often will require the spine to move more than normal in an effort to compensate for the lack of motion at the hip. A common example of how the back is influenced by the hip occurs with walking.  During a walking stride the hip must extend backwards as the upper body passes over the support leg.  If the hip is restricted and does not extend properly, the back will have to extend excessively to compensate. This will in turn lead to a “jamming” of the facet joints of the spine and lead to pain.  In this instance treatment directed at the back will be needed, but for full resolution the problem at the hips will also require correction to reach a lasting solution.

More recommended reading for hip mobility:

The Hip Flexor Stretch

Perfect Warm-up?

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