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

Leg length inequality is everywhere. A short leg has an effect on joints in the spine, hip and knee. Knee, hip and back pain may develop. The Sandy Springs chiropractic examination at Cross Chiropractic Center includes a test for leg length inequality and, subject to the difference, the Sandy Springs chiropractic treatment plan will fix it with a heel lift to potentially avoid problems 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 greater than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has exactly equal leg lengths. Just 10%! Leg length inequality equalizes us all.

  • Hip and knee problems crop up in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee issues tend to be more typical in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back issues happen more commonly on the short leg side.
Authors of the newest review of many papers written on leg length inequality  found that the bulk of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while variations of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1) Considering these facts, Cross Chiropractic Center finds it important 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 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 wear on 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 affects our joints.

Sandy Springs CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG

Chiropractors like yours at Cross Chiropractic Center understand how 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 notice that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is beneficial. The goal is to have no more than 3 mm of leg length difference, 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 Sandy Springs 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 attained. Remember, chiropractors like yours at Cross Chiropractic Center see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Cross Chiropractic Center sees and treats a lot of spine pain! Consequently, 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 and older years of life.

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