What is pelvic malalignment syndrome?
The diagnosis of malalignment syndrome is described as having the following characteristics: asymmetrical alignment of the pelvis, trunk, and extremities; compensatory curves of the spine; asymmetrical range of motion and weight bearing patterns; leg-length differences; and asymmetrical muscle strength testing.
Carl Petersen, physiotherapist, discusses pelvic malalignment syndrome in tennis.
Pelvic Malalignment Syndrome
In tennis, pelvic malalignment can occur due to the rotational forces and deceleration nature of the sport. Pelvic malalignment syndrome is one of the most common injuries that we see with our sports.
If some structures are abnormally tight, the body’s ability to adapt becomes overwhelmed. Around the pelvic area and pelvic girdle, there are about 36 muscles that are attached. Often times due to the rotational natures of the sport, there will be an anterior torsion of one half of the pelvis and a post tertorsion of the other part of the pelvis.
By seeing a qualified physiotherapist, they can one, diagnose the type of malalignment problems that you have and the soft tissue structures that are involved and they can give you the proper corrective exercises. As well they can give you some symmetrical stretches to try and help minimize the tension on those abnormally tight muscle tissues.
If you have questions about pelvic misalignment in tennis, contact your local physiotherapist.
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