Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Pflugerville Wellness Center for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

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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Pflugerville Wellness Center tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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