Leg length inequality is widespread.
A short leg affects joints in
the hip, knee and spine. Knee,
hip and back pain may develop. The Preston
chiropractic examination at Chiropractic Associates includes an analysis of leg length inequality and, depending on
the difference, the Preston chiropractic treatment
plan will correct it with a heel lift to help
prevent conditions 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 usual
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 problems
appear in more patients who have leg length differences
over 5 mm.
- Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions
tend to be more common in
either leg – shorter or longer.
- Low back pain conditions appear
more commonly on the short leg side.
Authors of the newest review of many
papers written on leg length inequality report that the bulk
of papers find differences of more than 2 cm are a problem while variations
of just 5 mm can preempt long-term issues. (1)
With these facts
in mind, Chiropractic Associates finds it valuable
to address leg length discrepancies to avoid painful issues as much as possible.
PREVENTION OF HIP JOINT ARTHRITIC DEGENERATION
Want to prevent 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 rose as the leg length difference
rose. The greater the difference, the greater the contact forces in the
short leg. Why does this matter? These forces affect 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 bothers our joints.
Preston CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Associates know 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 find
that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is beneficial.
The goal is to have no more than a 3 mm difference in leg length, and heel lifts are used to correct
up to 9 mm difference, but a 10 mm or more needs a
shoe build-up of the full difference under the heel and half the
difference under the sole. (1) Chiropractic education has always included the
diagnosis and treatment of short leg differences. It’s important that
to know that an xray Is not required to determine and
correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your Preston 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. Keep in mind,
chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Associates see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Chiropractic Associates sees and
treats a great deal of spine pain! Consequently,
by correcting short leg difference in younger years of life, we can avert
degenerative conditions of the spine and extremities that cause pain and
disability in middle age and beyond.
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