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Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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 follow. The Auburn chiropractic examination at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. incorporates a test for leg length inequality and, subject to the difference, the Auburn chiropractic treatment plan will correct it with a heel lift to help avert conditions like hip joint arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.


No one talks about having a shorter leg than the other. It’s 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 crop up in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee issues tend to be more common in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back issues appear more commonly on the short leg side.
Researchers recently reviewed many published articleswritten on leg length inequality and  found that the majority of papers find differences of more than 2 cm are a problem while variations of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1) With these facts in mind, Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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. Those who have a short leg, the contact forces in the joints in the short leg rose as the leg length difference rose. 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 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.


Chiropractors like yours at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. know short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in chiropractic school to notice key 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 aim is to have no more than 3 mm of leg length difference, 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 half the difference under the sole. (1) Chiropractic has always taught in its education to diagnose and correct 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 Auburn 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 attained. Remember, chiropractors like yours at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. sees and helps a lot 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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Schedule your Auburn chiropractic appointment. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. will welcome you into the fold of the 90%-of-people-have-a-short leg crowd…or not! Rely on Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. to help you with all your spine issues!

Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. checks for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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