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Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Soft Health and Healing Clinic for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is rampant. A short leg affects joints in the spine, hip and knee. Knee, hip and back pain may develop. The Brooks chiropractic examination at Soft Health and Healing Clinic includes a test for leg length inequality and, subject to the difference, the Brooks chiropractic treatment plan will address it with a heel lift to potentially avert problems like hip joint arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.

ASTOUNDING 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 more than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has precisely 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 conditions are more apt to be more common in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back pain conditions appear more commonly on the short leg side.
Researchers recently reviewed many published articleswritten on leg length inequality and  report that the bulk 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) With these facts in mind, Soft Health and Healing Clinic 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 will want to take note of this. In people with 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 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.

Brooks CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG

Chiropractors like yours at Soft Health and Healing Clinic know short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in chiropractic school to notice key issues like leg length inequality and address them. Chiropractors notice that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is positive. The goal 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 while a 10 mm or more requires a shoe build-up of the full difference under the heel and 50% the difference under the sole. (1) Chiropractic education has always included the diagnosis and treatment of short leg differences. It is important that to know that an xray Is not required to determine and correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your Brooks 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 made. Keep in mind, chiropractors like yours at Soft Health and Healing Clinic see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Soft Health and Healing Clinic sees and helps 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 age and beyond.

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Soft Health and Healing Clinic checks for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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