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Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is widespread. A short leg affects joints in the spine, hip and knee. Knee, hip and back pain may result. The Ashburn chiropractic examination at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn includes an analysis of leg length inequality and, depending on the difference, the Ashburn chiropractic treatment plan will fix it with a heel lift to potentially avert issues 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 greater than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has precisely equal leg lengths. Just 10%! Leg length inequality equalizes us all.

  • Hip and knee issues crop up in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee issues tend to be more typical in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back issues appear more commonly on the short leg side.
Researchers recently reviewed many published articleswritten on leg length inequality and  found that the majority of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while variations of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1) With these facts in mind, Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn finds it important 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. In people with a short leg, the contact forces in the joints in the short leg rose as the leg length difference rose. 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 prevent long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg affects our joints.

Ashburn CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG

Chiropractors like yours at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn understand how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in chiropractic school to note important issues like leg length inequality and deal with 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 are used to correct up to 9 mm difference, but a 10 mm or more needs 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 establish and correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your Ashburn 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 attained. Keep in mind, chiropractors like yours at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn sees and helps a lot 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 and older years of life.

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Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn checks for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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