Leg length inequality is everywhere. Leg length inequality affects joints in the spine, hip and knee. Knee, hip and back pain may develop. The Easley chiropractic examination at Young Chiropractic incorporates a test for leg length inequality and, depending on the discrepancy, the Easley chiropractic treatment plan will address it with a heel lift to help avert issues like hip joint arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.
ASTOUNDING FACTS ABOUT INCIDENCE OF SHORT LEG
No one shares that he or she has one shorter leg than the other. It’s not a typical conversation starter! But 90% of us has an inequality of greater than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has exactly equal leg lengths. Just 10%! Leg length inequality equalizes us all.
- Hip and knee issues emerge in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
- Hip issues typically occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions are more apt to be more common in either leg – shorter or longer.
- Low back pain conditions happen more commonly on the short leg side.
Authors of the newest review of many papers written on leg length inequality found that the majority of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while variations of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1)
With these facts in mind, Young Chiropractic finds it valuable to address leg length discrepancies to avoid painful issues as much as possible.
PREVENTION OF HIP JOINT ARTHRITIC DEGENERATION
Want to ward off hip joint arthritic degeneration? Young and old alike do. Those who have a short leg, the contact forces in the joints in the short leg were increased as the leg length difference increased. The greater the difference, the greater the contact forces in the short leg. What does this mean? These forces wear on the hip joint the most as the leg length difference increases. (2) The older of us will want to stop further irritation, and the younger of us will want to stop long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg affects our joints.
Easley CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Young Chiropractic understand how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in chiropractic school to note key issues like leg length inequality and deal with them. Chiropractors realize that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is beneficial. The aim is to have no more than a 3 mm difference in leg length, and heel lifts can correct up to 9 mm difference, but a 10 mm or more requires a shoe build-up of the full difference under the heel and 50% the difference under the sole. (1) Chiropractic has always taught in its education to diagnose and correct short leg differences. It is important that to know that an xray Is not required to establish and correct short leg syndrome. Using “pelvic leveling,” your Easley chiropractor can do it for you. Get this important anatomical factor for good spinal and general health measured by your chiropractor so proper correction can be made. Remember, chiropractors like yours at Young Chiropractic see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Young Chiropractic sees and treats lots of spine pain! Therefore, by correcting short leg difference in younger years of life, we can prevent degenerative conditions of the spine and extremities that cause pain and disability in middle age and beyond.
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