Hey Honey, Does This Skirt Make my Hip Joints Look Rotated?

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently released an article on the effect clothing and bags can have on the body. Generally, women (say it isn’t so) more than men have clothing items that can lead to pain or discomfort- bags being one of the most common. Heavy bags, tight clothes, and many shoes that men and women wear can have negative effects on the body:

  • Heavy bags (such as briefcases or handbags) can put strain on the side of your body that they are carried on. When traveling, swap the side that you use to hold your bag often. Try not to over-pack bags, and keep bulky and extra items out of your pocketbook or backpack.
  • Shoes with proper support are ideal. High heels change how the body balances and can cause instability when walking, leading to problems with the feet and back. Try to bring a pair of flats with you to change into after wearing heels for a while.

  • If you carry a bag with over 10% of your body weight, it can cause a significant shift in balance, as the body compensates for the additional weight and gets used to the sudden change. Take items out of your bag to reduce weight, and use a bag that has a long, wide strap.
  • Even keeping your wallet or ATM cards in your back pants pocket can create misalignment while sitting. Sitting all day with your wallet on one side can lead to problems with your back, spine, and hips.

Remember to pick clothing, shoes, and luggage that are lightweight, symmetrical, and provide freedom of movement. Take breaks to stretch when standing or sitting for long periods of time, and try to wear clothes that are non-restrictive for the majority of your time. Changes in balance and your center of gravity can affect your entire body. And over time those imbalances ferment into big problems. Chiropractic can help alleviate these imbalances, and the problem. If you or anyone you know is suffering from pain brought on by an imbalance-or any other reason-give us a call.

-Dr Shawn R Lee, Chiropractor.
Susquehanna Spine & Rehab; Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Massage in Bel Air & Abingdon Maryland.



I have been having severe pain since 2014. I’ve had a full battery of x-rays/MRI done to diagnose my condition [as] severe arthritis. After I was prescribed an injection that I was told would take care of everything, the pain was back, worse than before. Dr. Lee reviewed my x-rays and MRI and set up a treatment plan... After the 1st visit my pain has decreased. I can already feel a big difference.

Before coming to Dr. Lee, my ankle pain would wake me up during the night because of its severity. Dr. Lee has helped alleviate the pain in my ankle. By performing specific exercises twice per week, the pain is non-existent!

I have been a patient of Dr.Lee's for about 10 months now. As a 22 year old, I have been suffering from back pain since I was about 13 years old. The pain increased a few years ago and despite physical therapy performed at other facilities, and pain medications from the doctor I was unable to control the level of discomfort. I found Dr. Lee and have been extremely happy with my results.

I came to Dr. Lee with several aches and pains. I was nervous about receiving chiropractic treatment but Dr. Lee eased my concerns by thoroughly making sure that I was a safe candidate for adjustments... After regular adjustments and Physical Therapy, my knee pain is gone, my elbow pain is gone, my ankle and wrist are improving AND I’m reducing the migraines I used to get too!

I began seeing Dr. Lee after noticing severe tenderness and pain in my left hip region... I was lucky to find Dr. Lee when I did, not only did he help me discover that the pain in my hip was actually related to a mass growing uncontrollably but he also gave me the comfort I’d been searching for with chiropractic. I’d recommend Dr. Lee to anyone who wants to be pain-free!

I have had lower back problems for about 35 years. As I aged, they were getting worse. I also noticed I was over weight. I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab because Dr. Lee could address both issues as part of a unified plan. The diet regimen, chiropractic, and personalized exercises worked!

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had pain in my neck and shoulders... Now that I’m an adult, my pain continues, but Dr. Lee is helping me a lot. I have an appointment twice a week, and I can definitely tell a difference. I use pain management along with the tens unit and physical therapy. All three of these services are working great and I’m definitely feeling better.

I have had back problems for years. I have been to other chiropractors I have even gone to medical doctors no one has been able to make it feel any better. Then I found Dr. Lee I have finally found relief. I am feeling so much better after starting care at Susquehanna Spine & Rehab.

I began seeing Dr. Lee because of a shooting pain I developed in my left heel... After a brief examination, Dr. Lee explained to me that my pain was being caused by Plantar Fasciitis... Shortly after Dr. Lee began treating my heel, I noticed that I was experiencing less and less discomfort. In a few short weeks, I was able to continue my exercise routine and enjoy my daily activities pain-free!

When I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab I was very skeptical. After only 2 weeks at Susquehanna Spine and Rehab the severe pain in my neck, shoulder and arm had greatly improved … NO MORE PAIN! I can now sleep through the night without waking up in pain! THANK YOU SUSQUEHANNA SPINE & REHAB!!!

My daughter started falling up the stairs at school and having severe knee pain for no apparent reason... Dr. Lee did a thorough exam and walked us through his entire treatment plan. Every appointment was made at a time convenient to my schedule. Heather has made wonderful progress and is now pain-free. Dr. Lee was always available for questions and kept me well informed of her progress.