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 age and beyond.
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