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Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is prevalent. A short leg affects joints in the spine, hip and knee. Knee, hip and back pain may develop. The Tonawanda chiropractic examination at Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation incorporates a test for leg length inequality and, subject to the difference, the Tonawanda chiropractic treatment plan will address it with a heel lift to help avert issues like hip joint arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.


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 emerge in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions have a tendency to be more common in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back problems appear more commonly on the short leg side.
Authors of the newest review of many papers written on leg length inequality  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) Considering these facts, Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation finds it valuable to address leg length discrepancies to avoid painful issues as much as possible.


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 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 affect the hip joint the most as the leg length difference increases. (2) The older of us will want to prevent further irritation, and the younger of us will want to prevent long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg bothers our joints.


Chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation 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 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 needs a shoe build-up of the full difference under the heel and 50% 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 Tonawanda 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. Keep in mind, chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation 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 and older years of life.

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Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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