Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Spine & Sports Rehab Center for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is prevalent. A short leg affects joints in the knee and hip and spine. Knee, hip and back pain may result. The Baton Rouge chiropractic examination at Spine & Sports Rehab Center includes an analysis of leg length inequality and, depending on the difference, the Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan will fix it with a heel lift to potentially prevent conditions 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 is not a usual 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 issues crop up in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues typically occur in the long leg side. Knee issues have a tendency to be more typical in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back problems 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 more than 2 cm are a problem while variations of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1) Considering these facts, Spine & Sports Rehab 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. In people with 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 wear on 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 stop long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg affects our joints.

Baton Rouge CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG

Chiropractors like yours at Spine & Sports Rehab Center understand how 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 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 are used to 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 50% the difference under the sole. (1) Chiropractic education has always included the diagnosis and treatment of short leg differences. It’s important that to know that an xray Is not required to establish and correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your Baton Rouge 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 Spine & Sports Rehab Center see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Spine & Sports Rehab Center sees and helps a great deal 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 and older years of life.

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Spine & Sports Rehab Center tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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