Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is everywhere. Leg length inequality has an effect on joints in the spine, hip and knee. Knee, hip and back pain may follow. The Eugene chiropractic examination at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic incorporates a test for leg length inequality and, depending on the discrepancy, the Eugene chiropractic treatment plan will correct it with a heel lift to potentially avoid 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 is not a usual 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 typically occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions have a tendency to be more typical 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 variations of just 5 mm can preempt long-term issues. (1) With these facts in mind, Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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 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. Why does this matter? 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 stop long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg bothers our joints.

Eugene CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG

Chiropractors like yours at Rethwill Chiropractic 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 can 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’s important that to know that an xray Is not required to find and correct short leg syndrome. Using “pelvic leveling,” your Eugene 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. Remember, chiropractors like yours at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic sees and helps lots of spine pain! Consequently, by correcting short leg difference in younger years of life, we can prevent degenerative conditions of the spine and extremities that cause pain and disability in middle age and beyond.

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Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic checks for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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