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Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Spinal Care Clinic for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is widespread. Leg length inequality has an effect on joints in the knee and hip and spine. Knee, hip and back pain may follow. The Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic examination at Spinal Care Clinic includes an analysis of leg length inequality and, depending on the discrepancy, the Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic treatment plan will fix it with a heel lift to potentially prevent 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 problems appear in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues typically occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions are more apt to be more typical in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back pain conditions happen 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 differences of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1) Considering these facts, Spinal Care Clinic 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. 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 prevent long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg bothers our joints.

Burlington and Hamilton CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG

Chiropractors like yours at Spinal Care Clinic know short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in chiropractic school to note important 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 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 needs 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 find and correct short leg syndrome. Using “pelvic leveling,” your Burlington and Hamilton 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. Keep in mind, chiropractors like yours at Spinal Care Clinic see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Spinal Care Clinic sees and helps a lot 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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Spinal Care Clinic tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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