Right Sided Lumbar Disk Bulges
From early in my career I have frequently observed tightness & tenderness in the right QL's accompanied by tightness and spasming in the left glutes. It is a common pattern. Eventually I worked out the cause for thickening and tightening down the backline of the left lower limb...being anterior rotation of the hip about the SIJ >>> joint tightness blocking energy flow down the limb...eg, with one exception, every case of Plantar Fasciitis I have sighted is accompanied by anterior hip rotation and the most common unforced football injury is a torn left hamstring. The right QL condition remained a mystery until after a spate of cases brought it front and centre in my attention. Several had medical scans revealing right sided disk bulging. What all these cases had in common was Short Right Leg Syndrome (SRLS). It then struck me the postural anomaly of a dropped right hip causing a right leaning scoliosis will open the lumber vertebrae on the right and the elevated left hip will close the lumbar vertebrae on the left. This accordian like action creates a wedge shape where the vertebral surfaces should be parallel and forces the disk out to the right. I am inclined to think this is a common cause for right sided lumbar disk bulges.
First published 5 September 2020