Leg length inequality is widespread.
A short leg has an effect on joints in
the spine, hip and knee. Knee,
hip and back pain may follow. The Largo
chiropractic examination at Hollstrom & Associates Inc incorporates an analysis of leg length inequality and, subject to
the difference, the Largo chiropractic treatment
plan will address it with a heel lift to help
avert problems 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’s not a typical
conversation starter! But 90% of us has an inequality of greater
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 typically occur in the long leg side. Knee problems
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 more than 2 cm are a problem while variations
of just 5 mm can preempt long-term issues. (1)
Considering these facts, Hollstrom & Associates Inc 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 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 stop long-term exposure to irritation and
future joint degeneration. A short leg affects our joints.
Largo CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG
Chiropractors like yours at Hollstrom & Associates Inc understand
how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in
chiropractic school to notice 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 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 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 establish and
correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your Largo 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. Remember,
chiropractors like yours at Hollstrom & Associates Inc see more than the general percent
of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Hollstrom & Associates Inc sees and
treats a great deal 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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