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 West Palm Beach
chiropractic examination at Chiropractic Care includes an analysis of leg length inequality and, subject to
the discrepancy, the West Palm Beach chiropractic treatment
plan will address it with a heel lift to potentially
avoid issues 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 typical
conversation starter! But 90% of us has an inequality of more
than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has precisely equal leg lengths. Just
10%! Leg length inequality equalizes us all.
- Hip and knee problems
crop up in more patients who have leg length differences
over 5 mm.
- Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions
are more apt to be more typical in
either leg – shorter or longer.
- Low back issues appear
more commonly on the short leg side.
Authors of the newest review of many
papers written on leg length inequality report that the majority
of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while variations
of just 5 mm can preempt long-term issues. (1)
With these facts
in mind, Chiropractic Care finds it important
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 will want to take note of this. In
people with 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. 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.
West Palm Beach CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Care understand
how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in
chiropractic school to note key issues like leg
length inequality and address them. Chiropractors realize
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 are used to 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 has always taught in its education to
diagnose and correct short leg differences. It is 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 West Palm Beach 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 Chiropractic Care see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Chiropractic Care sees and
treats a great deal of spine pain! Consequently,
by correcting short leg difference in younger years of life, we can prevent
degenerative conditions of the spine and extremities that cause pain and
disability in middle age and beyond.
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