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Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Wilson Family Chiropractic for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

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 typical conversation starter! But 90% of us has an inequality of greater than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has precisely 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 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 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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Wilson Family Chiropractic checks for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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