Leg length inequality is prevalent.
A short leg has an effect on joints in
the hip, knee and spine. Knee,
hip and back pain may result. The Pflugerville
chiropractic examination at Pflugerville Wellness Center incorporates a test
for leg length inequality and, depending on
the discrepancy, the Pflugerville chiropractic treatment
plan will fix it with a heel lift to help
avert conditions like hip joint
arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.
SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT INCIDENCE OF SHORT LEG
No one talks about having a
shorter leg than the other. It is not a usual
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 problems
emerge 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 typical in
either leg – shorter or longer.
- Low back issues appear
more commonly on the short leg side.
Researchers recently reviewed many
published articleswritten on leg length inequality and found that the bulk
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, Pflugerville Wellness Center 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 will want to take note of this. 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 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 bothers our joints.
Pflugerville CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Pflugerville Wellness Center know short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in
chiropractic school to note important issues like leg
length inequality and address them. Chiropractors realize
that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is positive.
The aim is to have no more than 3
mm of leg length difference, and heel lifts can 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 determine and
correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your Pflugerville 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 Pflugerville Wellness Center see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Pflugerville Wellness Center sees and
treats lots of spine pain! Therefore,
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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