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Pain in the pelvic joint due to sprain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, this morning while I was stretching, I was crossing my leg over my other leg and when I moved my leg back I heard several loud pops in my hip and in my pelvis area in my lower abdomen. Now I have pain and some numbness there. What could I have done or is this only temporary?
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   does it hurt when u move your hip or rotate your legs ?
User :   a little but not much at all
Doctor :   may i know ur age ?
User :   33
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do u have trouble walking ? do u limp when u walk ?
User :   It just feels weak when I walk but no I do not have a limp when I walk
Doctor :   ok
User :   It hurts on the side of my hip and it the pelvis area in the front
Doctor :   you might have had a sprain
Doctor :   a rest for a few days will help
Doctor :   in addition, taking advil for a few days will be helpful
User :   could I have done any permanent damage or injure anything by the popping
Doctor :   no
User :   what does the popping mean?
Doctor :   since u dont have the symptoms that i asked before, there is no permanent damge
Doctor :   popping could be due to tendon or cartilage strain
User :   could I have moved anything out of place
Doctor :   the hipjoint is supprted by a strong ligament , which forms tha capsule
Doctor :   no, if that had happened, u would not be able to walk and u would be limping
Doctor :   sprain occurs when the tendon is compressed due to abnormal posture
User :   ok so since I can walk and at least I don't think I have a limp this will heal in a few days whatever I did
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   definitely
Doctor :   rest for a few days
Doctor :   and advil for a 4-5 days will be good
User :   so say I would not be able to walk then will that heal also in time though
Doctor :   in addition, once you recover, improve your fitness, by exercise regularly
Doctor :   yes any tendon injuries heal over time , but adequate rest and immobilisation has to be provided
User :   what about in the pelvis area the lower abdomen can things pop there also
Doctor :   the pain can be referred there
Doctor :   but there is nothing which can pop there
User :   ok thanks it felt like it popped there also
User :   but I guess not
Doctor :   as i said, there is nothing in the pelvis that can pop
Doctor :   just take some rest and advil
Doctor :   that will do the trick
User :   what about the lower back can things pop there also and if so nothing can pop completely out of place and if so will it eventually go back to place
Doctor :   in the back there are vertebral discs which can present with popping
Doctor :   but they can present as symptoms of sciatica and nerve compression symptoms
Doctor :   but that also needs rest physiotherapy and stretch exercises which help the symptoms
Doctor :   in severe cases, surgical removal of any debris in the vertebral joints may be needed
Doctor :   i hope this answers your questions
Doctor :   Are u there ?
User :   yes sorry I had to recharge
Doctor :   ok
User :   I have had pops before but not like this when I heard several loud pops and pain and numbess afterwards
User :   I am just a little worried that I moved something out of place
Doctor :   when compression of a tendon or a cartilage occurs , this can present as a pop
Doctor :   where did u feel such pops, pain and numbness ?
User :   I felt it on the side on my hip, I thought in the middle of my pelvis area and I think in my lower back, like near tailbone, now I have pain and numbness in my pelvis area and my hip
Doctor :   the hip joint is included into the pelvic bones
User :   I am also getting numbness down my leg also and pain
Doctor :   and the sensation, felt is related to the hip bone
Doctor :   can you explain the extent of the sensation ?
Doctor :   i mean the numbness
Doctor :   does it feel like running down from the back of the hip to the thigh and then to the legs ? like a electric current ?
User :   yes and pain also along with that
Doctor :   so my description matches your symptoms ?
User :   yes partly
Doctor :   do u have similar symptoms when you bend forwards ?
User :   I tried to bend and couldn't bend like I usually do but no it doesn't happen when I bend forwards
Doctor :   does something prevent you from bending forwards ?
User :   yes pain in my lower back
Doctor :   your symptoms appear to include sciatica too
Doctor :   this is due to pressure on the sciatic nerves due to impingement within the lumbosacral vertebrae
Doctor :   as i said, earlier, rest physiotherapy and stretching exercises will be helpful
User :   so all the popping that I heard and did nothing could have moved out of place
User :   if I did move something out of place then I wouldn
User :   't be able to walk
Doctor :   A MRI of the spine can be ordered to document the pressure causing structure
Doctor :   there is nothing that moves anywhere
Doctor :   but the structures could have been compressed and strain
User :   well you can't you knock things out of place
Doctor :   strain = tear in the filaments of the tendon
Doctor :   as the no of filaments that tear increase the pain and discomfort increase
Doctor :   all things are fixed into places by supporting structures like ligaments
Doctor :   and cartilage, etc
User :   I only have about two min left just to let you know
Doctor :   when these structures are damaged either by long term usage and conditions like arthritis , they may come in between the articulating bones within a joint
Doctor :   this will cause a popping sound when they are compressed
Doctor :   i understand
User :   but they will heal right
Doctor :   yes definitely
User :   on their own
Doctor :   your symptoms arenot that severe
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   as i said earlier , rest, advil will help
User :   thanks for your help
Doctor :   physiotherapy for the pain and sciatica will also be helpful
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   i hope u have understood my comments
User :   got it thanks again
User :   I have
Doctor :   and i have answered your questions effectivly
User :   yes you have
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me here, and please leave your valuable feedback
Doctor :   take care and bye for now
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