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orthotics for hip pain: chiropractor

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    Posted: May/15/2018 at 9:59pm
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Sorry I haven't been around here lately just to check in.  I almost forgot about this web site, but I just noticed it in my favorites tool bar.  I've cut way back on internet in general... but enough with excuses.

My hip has been getting worse.  Last year I managed to convince my doctor that I could use some PT, and it helped some, for awhile.  I learned some new stretches and even got my own little TENS machine to use at home.

But the last few months I've gone downhill.  It started when I tried swimming again, after not having done it for about 2 years.   Well, it really wasn't even swimming, but just wearing a flotation belt and paddling around a little in a heated pool.  I did it for a few minutes, 3 times one week.  My hip got worse, so I stopped.

I tried to figure out what possible remedies I hadn't tried, and I came up with chiropractor and acupuncture.  I've gone twice, but no improvement.

But here is my big question: They took X-rays, measured the distance from the bottom of the pelvis to the bottom of the X-ray and determined that my left leg is 11 mm shorter than my right.  So, they had me go to a shoe repair store and they added 11 mm to the left shoe of each pair.

I've been wearing them for a week, with no difference.  But now when I walk I can tell that my left leg is longer.  I look at my reflection in a window when I walk, and I can see my head bob up every time I step with my left leg.

Do you suppose they measured wrong?  Or their X-ray machine was crooked?

I had never heard of orthotics or their use for hip pain before. 

How much money should I throw away on this chiropractor before I give up??
In head-on car crash in 2006. Smashed kneecaps, broken hip, head injury,and other fractures. Daily knee pain (just a 2 or 3 or 4 on a scale from 1-10, so I feel like a wimp). Can't jog, walk long distances or stand for a long period of time. Surgery to remove bone growth on pelvis (2017). Ongoing hip pain, possibly trochanteric bursitis.
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I doubt that the X-ray machine was crooked, but you may have been positioned crooked when they took the films. What concerns me is that you get worse with gentle paddling around the pool which would have no bearing on an 11mm difference in height of your legs, rather something going on in the hip itself your back.

How long has it been since you’ve seen the orthopedic surgeon? If over a year, that’s where I would begin before spending more money on treatments that don’t bring any relief.

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Thanks for the reply, Stevie.

I saw my orthopedic surgeon late 2016.  He took X-rays and MRI (or catscan, I don't remember) and he thought it was excessive bone growth on the front of the pelvis, which he went in and shaved off.  It made no difference.

I'm really really frustrated.  With the chiropractor and acupuncture not helping, I'm running out of alternative alternatives. 

The only thing I haven't tried is a witch doctor.
In head-on car crash in 2006. Smashed kneecaps, broken hip, head injury,and other fractures. Daily knee pain (just a 2 or 3 or 4 on a scale from 1-10, so I feel like a wimp). Can't jog, walk long distances or stand for a long period of time. Surgery to remove bone growth on pelvis (2017). Ongoing hip pain, possibly trochanteric bursitis.
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I need to add that when I got off work today I took off my stupid shoes that have the left foot lift and put on and old pair of normal shoes.  All day long I was noticing that when I stepped on my left foot I was taller.  But with the normal shoes I'm taller when I stand on my right foot...
In head-on car crash in 2006. Smashed kneecaps, broken hip, head injury,and other fractures. Daily knee pain (just a 2 or 3 or 4 on a scale from 1-10, so I feel like a wimp). Can't jog, walk long distances or stand for a long period of time. Surgery to remove bone growth on pelvis (2017). Ongoing hip pain, possibly trochanteric bursitis.
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I've used a shoe lift for years but I'll warn you - I broke my ankle thanks to my shoe lift once.  Mine is 1/2" of a lift so in the ball park of your lift.  I had was fitted by a medical orthotics outfit and they got mine right but its still dangerous at times especially when your extra large heel gets hung on something and your ankle turns and breaks bones like mine did.  Now I have a plate and 8 screws holding it together so if it doesn't feel right, don't use it.  Get another opinion and be careful when using the lift if you use it much at all.  
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Ouch!

Thanks for the warning, Jeff.  I never thought about the danger of having one shoe elevated.  I guess women with high heels have to worry about that all the time.

Today I wore the altered shoes with better results.  In the lower (normal) shoe I slipped in a couple of those cheap foam insoles, so it raised that foot just a bit.
In head-on car crash in 2006. Smashed kneecaps, broken hip, head injury,and other fractures. Daily knee pain (just a 2 or 3 or 4 on a scale from 1-10, so I feel like a wimp). Can't jog, walk long distances or stand for a long period of time. Surgery to remove bone growth on pelvis (2017). Ongoing hip pain, possibly trochanteric bursitis.
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