Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Satterwhite Chiropractic for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

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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Satterwhite Chiropractic tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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