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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