Leg length inequality is prevalent.
Leg length inequality affects joints in
the spine, hip and knee. Knee,
hip and back pain may develop. The St. Francisville
chiropractic examination at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville incorporates an analysis of leg length inequality and, depending on
the difference, the St. Francisville chiropractic treatment
plan will fix it with a heel lift to help
prevent 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 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
emerge in more patients who have leg length differences
over 5 mm.
- Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee issues
have a tendency 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 found that the majority
of papers find differences of more than 2 cm are a problem while differences
of just 5 mm can preempt long-term issues. (1)
With these facts
in mind, Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville finds it important
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 affect the hip joint the most as the leg length difference increases. (2) The
older of us will want to prevent further irritation, and the younger
of us will want to stop long-term exposure to irritation and
future joint degeneration. A short leg affects our joints.
St. Francisville CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville understand
how 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 beneficial.
The goal 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’s important that
to know that an xray Is not required to establish and
correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your St. Francisville 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 made. Remember,
chiropractors like yours at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville sees and
helps 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 age and beyond.
CONTACT Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville
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