Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is prevalent. A short leg has an effect on joints in the knee and hip and spine. Knee, hip and back pain may follow. The Ottawa chiropractic examination at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider incorporates an analysis of leg length inequality and, subject to the difference, the Ottawa 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 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 more than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has precisely equal leg lengths. Just 10%! Leg length inequality equalizes us all.

  • Hip and knee issues 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 typical in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back problems 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 preempt long-term issues. (1) Considering these facts, The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider finds it important 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 will want to take note of this. 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 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.

Ottawa CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF SHORT LEG

Chiropractors like yours at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider understand how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in chiropractic school to note 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 3 mm of leg length difference, and heel lifts can correct up to 9 mm difference while a 10 mm or more needs 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’s 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 Ottawa 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 The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider sees and helps lots 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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The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider checks for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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