Originally Posted by Alpinord
Is a hip adjustment back to normal actually possible through this approach, or is something else in future?
It's possible, but unlikely that one hip adjustment, or even a series of hip adjustments with exercise, will "fix" things back to normal.
It depends on what, exactly, the problem is, and how long it's been there. "One hip being torqued an inch higher than the other" is a bogus diagnosis, and at the very least a very poor description. "Torqued hips" don't cause nerve pinching, and can be the result of several different issues or factors.
The symptoms you describe certainly indicate a radiculopathy (nerve tissue encroachment causing radiating pain or numbness along the pathways of the peripheral nerves), but in cases like yours, nerves tend to be irritated from soft tissue restriction and dysfunction -- muscles and tendons. And that doesn't tend to happen at the "torqued hip joints," but rather in the lower spine and flank area just above them, or in the rear and side areas of the gluteals.
I don't doubt your PT observed one hip (ilium) "higher" than the other, either while you were standing or lying prone. That's likely a sacroiliac subluxation (joint misalignment and movement problem) if the visible difference is that noticeable, but locating and analyzing the actual source of imbalance is the key. It could be an anterior-superior ilium relative to the sacrum on the high side, or it could be a posterior-inferior ilium on the opposite low side. It could be a nutation malposition of the sacral base, or sacrotuberous adhesion, or tortipelvic unleveling, or several other possibilities... and any combination thereof.
The crux of the problem comes in determining how to bring about effective correction
of such a drastic imbalance. In most cases, even the crudest, most nonspecific manipulations and mobilizations of the lumbosacral area will give some initial symptomatic relief -- particularly when serious symptoms such as yours have started to set in. Beyond that initial relief, however, usually requires a much more specific analysis of musculoskeletal dynamics of the spine and pelvis. I've seen clearly and frequently how nonspecific and improper spinal adjustments along with traction -- especially SI adjustments in the wrong direction -- can oftentimes exacerbate musculoskeletal imbalance, leading to joint hypermobility/instability and sprain/strain injuries. And when that happens, correction and recovery with the proper treatment and exercise becomes more difficult, and takes several months to a few years, when it could have taken a matter of weeks to a few months.
Nevertheless, judging by your post it seems that you only started treatment a short time ago, so your progress and amount of initial improvement is still yet undetermined. Your symptoms may continue to decrease, even disappear, but keep in mind that symptoms themselves are a lousy indicator of health and body balance.
If you want to ensure a strong, flexible spine and pelvis that protects the nerve system instead of damaging it, you really need ongoing periodic spinal checkups and adjustments from a competent professional as needed... just like any person does, whether they have back pain or not. Stresses and forces frequently cause musculoskeletal imbalances, and clearing them up quickly helps prevent damage and ensures proper function.
Hope this helps.
Keep us posted, Terry.