Leg length inequality is rampant.
A short leg affects joints in
the spine, hip and knee. Knee,
hip and back pain may develop. The Oxford
chiropractic examination at Satterwhite Chiropractic includes an analysis of leg length inequality and, subject to
the discrepancy, the Oxford chiropractic treatment
plan will correct it with a heel lift to help
avert conditions like hip joint
arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.
SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT INCIDENCE OF SHORT LEG
No one talks about having a
shorter leg than the other. It is not a usual
conversation starter! But 90% of us has an inequality of more
than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has exactly 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 typically occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions
are more apt to be more common in
either leg – shorter or longer.
- Low back issues appear
more commonly on the short leg side.
Authors of the newest review of many
papers written on leg length inequality report that the bulk
of papers find differences of more than 2 cm are a problem while variations
of just 5 mm can preempt long-term issues. (1)
Considering these facts, Satterwhite 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 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 bothers our joints.
Oxford CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Satterwhite Chiropractic understand
how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in
chiropractic school to notice key issues like leg
length inequality and address them. Chiropractors notice
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 while a 10 mm or more requires 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 determine and
correct short leg syndrome. Using
“pelvic leveling,” your Oxford 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 Satterwhite Chiropractic see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Satterwhite Chiropractic sees and
treats a great deal of spine pain! Consequently,
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 and older years of life.
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