Leg length inequality is everywhere.
Leg length inequality affects joints in
the spine, hip and knee. Knee,
hip and back pain may result. The Lynchburg
chiropractic examination at Palmer Chiropractic Center includes a test
for leg length inequality and, subject to
the discrepancy, the Lynchburg chiropractic treatment
plan will correct it with a heel lift to potentially
avoid problems like hip joint
arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.
ASTOUNDING FACTS ABOUT INCIDENCE OF SHORT LEG
No one talks about having a
shorter leg than the other. It is 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 issues
appear in more patients who have leg length differences
over 5 mm.
- Hip issues typically occur in the long leg side. Knee problems
have a tendency to be more typical 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 differences
of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1)
Considering these facts, Palmer 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 ward off 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 bothers our joints.
Lynchburg CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Palmer Chiropractic Center know short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in
chiropractic school to notice key issues like leg
length inequality and deal with them. Chiropractors find
that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is positive.
The goal is to have no more than 3
mm of leg length difference, and heel lifts can 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 find and
correct short leg syndrome. Using
“pelvic leveling,” your Lynchburg 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 attained. Remember,
chiropractors like yours at Palmer Chiropractic Center see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Palmer Chiropractic Center 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 and older years of life.
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