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Right Sided Lumbar Disk Bulges

From early in my career I have frequently observed tightness and 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 >>> a tightly bound SIJ blocking energy flow down the, 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 and every second or third tennis pro has Rock tape down the left hami. This is the left sided mechanism of Short Right Leg Syndrome (SRLS). The right QL condition remained a mystery for a long time until a spate of cases brought it front and centre to my attention.


Four cases presented in one week with acute tightness and pain in the right QL's accompanied by thickening and tightening down the back of the right lower limb. What all they had in common was a big case of SRLS. Two of the four had medical scans revealing mild right sided disk bulging through all the lumbar vertebrae. It then struck me the postural anomaly of a dropped right hip causing a right leaning scoliosis will geometrically open the lumber vertebrae on the right and the elevated left hip will close the lumbar vertebrae on the left. This accordion 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. This is one part of the right sided mechanism of SRLS affecting the lumbar region and lower limbs.


First published 5 Sept 20

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