Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Minster Chiropractic Center for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is rampant. Leg length inequality has an effect on joints in the hip, knee and spine. Knee, hip and back pain may develop. The Minster chiropractic examination at Minster Chiropractic Center incorporates a test for leg length inequality and, depending on the discrepancy, the Minster chiropractic treatment plan will address it with a heel lift to help avert problems 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 more than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has exactly equal leg lengths. Just 10%! Leg length inequality equalizes us all.

  • Hip and knee problems emerge in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues typically occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions have a tendency to be more common in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back pain conditions happen more commonly on the short leg side.
Researchers recently reviewed many published articleswritten on leg length inequality and  found that the bulk of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while differences of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1) Considering these facts, Minster Chiropractic Center 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. In people with 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 prevent long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg affects our joints.

Minster CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG

Chiropractors like yours at Minster Chiropractic Center know short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in chiropractic school to notice important issues like leg length inequality and address them. Chiropractors notice that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is positive. The aim is to have no more than 3 mm of leg length difference, and heel lifts can correct up to 9 mm difference while 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 Minster 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 Minster Chiropractic Center see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Minster Chiropractic Center sees and helps a great deal of spine pain! Therefore, 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 and older years of life.

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Minster Chiropractic Center tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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