Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is widespread. Leg length inequality has an effect on joints in the hip, knee and spine. Knee, hip and back pain may follow. The Baton Rouge chiropractic examination at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation incorporates a test for leg length inequality and, depending on the discrepancy, the Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan will address it with a heel lift to potentially avoid conditions 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 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 problems appear in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee problems tend 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 majority of papers find differences of more than 2 cm are a problem while differences of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1) Considering these facts, Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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. What does this mean? 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.

Baton Rouge CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG

Chiropractors like yours at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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 realize that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is positive. The aim is to have no more than 3 mm of leg length difference, and heel lifts are used to 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’s important that to know that an xray Is not required to find and correct short leg syndrome. Using “pelvic leveling,” your Baton Rouge 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 attained. Keep in mind, chiropractors like yours at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation sees and helps lots of spine pain! Consequently, 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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Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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