Leg length inequality is widespread.
A short leg affects joints in
the knee and hip and spine. Knee,
hip and back pain may follow. The Tarrytown
chiropractic examination at Tarrytown Chiropractic incorporates a test
for leg length inequality and, depending on
the discrepancy, the Tarrytown chiropractic treatment
plan will address it with a heel lift to help
avoid problems 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 precisely equal leg lengths. Just
10%! Leg length inequality equalizes us all.
- Hip and knee issues
emerge in more patients who have leg length differences
over 5 mm.
- Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions
have a tendency to be more common in
either leg – shorter or longer.
- Low back pain conditions happen
more commonly on the short leg side.
Researchers recently reviewed many
published articleswritten on leg length inequality and report that the bulk
of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while differences
of just 5 mm can preempt long-term issues. (1)
Considering these facts, Tarrytown Chiropractic finds it important
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.
Tarrytown CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Tarrytown 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 find
that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is beneficial.
The goal is to have no more than a 3 mm difference in leg length, and heel lifts can correct
up to 9 mm difference, but a 10 mm or more requires 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 is 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 Tarrytown 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 made. Remember,
chiropractors like yours at Tarrytown Chiropractic see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Tarrytown Chiropractic sees and
helps a lot of spine pain! Therefore,
by correcting short leg difference in younger years of life, we can prevent
degenerative conditions of the spine and extremities that cause pain and
disability in middle age and beyond.
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