Leg length inequality is widespread.
A short leg has an effect on joints in
the knee and hip and spine. Knee,
hip and back pain may follow. The Millville
chiropractic examination at Wilson Family Chiropractic incorporates a test
for leg length inequality and, depending on
the discrepancy, the Millville chiropractic treatment
plan will address it with a heel lift to help
avert issues like hip joint
arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.
ASTOUNDING FACTS ABOUT INCIDENCE OF SHORT LEG
No one shares that he or she has one
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
appear in more patients who have leg length differences
over 5 mm.
- Hip issues typically occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions
tend to be more typical in
either leg – shorter or longer.
- Low back problems happen
more commonly on the short leg side.
Researchers recently reviewed many
published articleswritten on leg length inequality and report that the majority
of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while differences
of just 5 mm can preempt long-term issues. (1)
Considering these facts, Wilson Family Chiropractic 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 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. 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 prevent long-term exposure to irritation and
future joint degeneration. A short leg affects our joints.
Millville CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Wilson Family Chiropractic know short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in
chiropractic school to notice key issues like leg
length inequality and deal with them. Chiropractors realize
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 can 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’s important that
to know that an xray Is not required to find and
correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your Millville 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 Wilson Family Chiropractic see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Wilson Family Chiropractic sees and
helps lots of spine pain! Therefore,
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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