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

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