Leg length inequality is widespread.
A short leg has an effect on joints in
the hip, knee and spine. Knee,
hip and back pain may result. The Groton
chiropractic examination at Hutter Chiropractic Office incorporates a test
for leg length inequality and, subject to
the discrepancy, the Groton chiropractic treatment
plan will correct it with a heel lift to potentially
avoid issues like hip joint
arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.
SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT INCIDENCE OF SHORT LEG
No one shares that he or she has one
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 issues
crop up in more patients who have leg length differences
over 5 mm.
- Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee problems
have a tendency to be more common in
either leg – shorter or longer.
- Low back issues happen
more commonly on the short leg side.
Authors of the newest review of many
papers written on leg length inequality found that the bulk
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)
With these facts
in mind, Hutter Chiropractic Office 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. Those who have 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. Why does this matter? These forces affect 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.
Groton CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Hutter Chiropractic Office understand
how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in
chiropractic school to notice key issues like leg
length inequality and address them. Chiropractors find
that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is positive.
The aim is to have no more than a 3 mm difference in leg length, and heel lifts are used to correct
up to 9 mm difference, but 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 is important that
to know that an xray Is not required to establish and
correct short leg syndrome. Using
“pelvic leveling,” your Groton 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 made. Remember,
chiropractors like yours at Hutter Chiropractic Office see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Hutter Chiropractic Office 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 age and beyond.
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