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Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

July 16, 2019

Leg length inequality is rampant. A short leg has an effect on joints in the hip, knee and spine. Knee, hip and back pain may follow. The Fort Wayne chiropractic examination at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc incorporates an analysis of leg length inequality and, subject to the discrepancy, the Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plan will fix it with a heel lift to potentially prevent conditions 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 problems emerge in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee problems are more apt to be more typical in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back pain conditions happen more commonly on the short leg side.
Researchers recently reviewed many published articleswritten on leg length inequality and  found that the bulk of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while differences of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1) With these facts in mind, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc finds it important 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 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. 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 stop long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg bothers our joints.


Chiropractors like yours at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc understand how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in chiropractic school to note important issues like leg length inequality and address them. Chiropractors notice that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is beneficial. 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 while 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 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 find and correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your Fort Wayne 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. Keep in mind, chiropractors like yours at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc sees and treats a great deal 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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Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues.