Leg length inequality is everywhere.
A short leg has an effect on joints in
the hip, knee and spine. Knee,
hip and back pain may follow. The Richmond
chiropractic examination at Johnson Chiropractic includes an analysis of leg length inequality and, subject to
the discrepancy, the Richmond chiropractic treatment
plan will fix it with a heel lift to potentially
avoid problems like hip joint
arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.
SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT INCIDENCE OF SHORT LEG
No one shares that he or she has one
shorter leg than the other. It is not a typical
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 problems
emerge in more patients who have leg length differences
over 5 mm.
- Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee issues
are more apt 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 majority
of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while variations
of just 5 mm can preempt long-term issues. (1)
Considering these facts, Johnson 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 ward off 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. What does this mean? These forces affect 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 prevent long-term exposure to irritation and
future joint degeneration. A short leg affects our joints.
Richmond CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Johnson Chiropractic understand
how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in
chiropractic school to note key issues like leg
length inequality and address them. Chiropractors realize
that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is beneficial.
The aim is to have no more than 3
mm of leg length difference, 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. Using
“pelvic leveling,” your Richmond 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. Keep in mind,
chiropractors like yours at Johnson Chiropractic see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Johnson Chiropractic sees and
treats 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 age and beyond.
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