Leg length inequality is prevalent.
A short leg affects joints in
the hip, knee and spine. Knee,
hip and back pain may follow. The Williamson
chiropractic examination at Apple Country Chiropractic incorporates an analysis of leg length inequality and, depending on
the difference, the Williamson chiropractic treatment
plan will fix it with a heel lift to potentially
avert conditions 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’s not a typical
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 problems
crop up in more patients who have leg length differences
over 5 mm.
- Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee problems
tend to be more typical in
either leg – shorter or longer.
- Low back problems appear
more commonly on the short leg side.
Authors of the newest review of many
papers written on leg length inequality found that the majority
of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while variations
of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1)
Considering these facts, Apple Country Chiropractic 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. Those who have 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. Why does this matter? 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 stop long-term exposure to irritation and
future joint degeneration. A short leg bothers our joints.
Williamson CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Apple Country Chiropractic understand
how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in
chiropractic school to note key issues like leg
length inequality and deal with them. Chiropractors find
that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is beneficial.
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 requires a
shoe build-up of the full difference under the heel and 50% 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. Using
“pelvic leveling,” your Williamson chiropractor can do it for
you. Get this important anatomical
factor for good spinal and general health checked by your
chiropractor so proper correction can be attained. Remember,
chiropractors like yours at Apple Country Chiropractic see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Apple Country Chiropractic 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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