Leg length inequality is rampant.
Leg length inequality has an effect on joints in
the spine, hip and knee. Knee,
hip and back pain may result. The West Palm Beach
chiropractic examination at Moses Chiropractic incorporates a test
for leg length inequality and, depending on
the difference, the West Palm Beach chiropractic treatment
plan will correct it with a heel lift to help
prevent 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 more
than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has precisely equal leg lengths. Just
10%! Leg length inequality equalizes us all.
- Hip and knee issues
crop up in more patients who have leg length differences
over 5 mm.
- Hip issues typically occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions
are more apt to be more common in
either leg – shorter or longer.
- Low back pain conditions appear
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 preempt long-term issues. (1)
With these facts
in mind, Moses Chiropractic finds it valuable
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 do. 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 stop further irritation, and the younger
of us will want to prevent long-term exposure to irritation and
future joint degeneration. A short leg bothers our joints.
West Palm Beach CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Moses Chiropractic know short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in
chiropractic school to notice important issues like leg
length inequality and deal with them. Chiropractors notice
that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is positive.
The aim 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 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. Using
“pelvic leveling,” your West Palm Beach chiropractor can do it for
you. Get this important anatomical
factor for good spinal and general health measured by your
chiropractor so proper correction can be attained. Keep in mind,
chiropractors like yours at Moses Chiropractic see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Moses Chiropractic sees and
helps 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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