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
avoid 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 preempt 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.
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
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