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Muscular Imbalance- QL/Psoas

dylangemmaddylangemma Posts: 1
edited 07/17/2015 - 10:54 PM in Lower Back Pain
A bit of a background; I tore the labrum in my left hip when I was 13 back in 2009 and had a labral repair surgery that year. I healed up seemingly well and didn’t have any problems until I ran a marathon two years after my surgery. Around this time was when I first noticed muscular imbalance symptoms that I believe to be a result of limping after my surgery and developing an unconscious habit of favoring my right side to take pressure off of my left leg. My right side QL/psoas/obliques have seemed to all be locked up ever since then and I’ve done physical therapy (manual release) for years and have had no luck in regaining muscular balance in my body. I ultimately developed a degenerative L5S1 disc, which I believe to be related to my QL and psoas lockup on my right side. I also have a slight curve in my spine which is also a result of this imbalance. Nothing I have done in regards to physical therapy, yoga or pilates have helped restore balance in my body, and it has affected all other parts of my body. I have pain all throughout my back and even in my neck, and uncontrollably favor my right side in all sorts of physical movements in the gym, running, swimming, etc. and cannot seem to maintain a loose QL and psoas in my right side no matter what I do. Any loosening that I feel from physical therapy is quickly lost and my muscles lock up again immediately. I essentially know that my body is working improperly but these muscles will not loosen up and allow my left and right sides to work evenly, making it extremely frustrating and painful because my whole back and neck lock up as a result of these few muscles not working properly. I am thinking about this problem all day every day because I am always in some type of pain and just don’t even know what to do at this point. Nobody seems to really understand what my problem is or know quite how to fix it. I know there is a solution to this problem, however, it has been so long since I developed these symptoms and it only seems to get worse over time as my muscles continue to work improperly. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated


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