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Legs Different Lengths? Chiropractic Can Help

By Paul Rothbart

It may sound strange to some, but having legs of different lengths is not at all uncommon. It is estimated that 40-70 percent of the general population has one leg longer than the other. I am one of the people who is always tilted at a slight angle when upright. It sounds amusing and doesn't inhibit my walking, running, or just standing around. But it does cause pain sometimes. Uneven legs affect the gait and can cause pain, usually in the hips and outsides of the thighs. The difference is usually very small, a fraction of an inch, but in some causes can be as much as an inch or more. The greater the discrepancy, the greater the impact on gait, posture, and pain. There are ways to treat it and chiropractic care is one of the more effective methods. Here is some information about leg length discrepancy(LLD). 


Even a very small discrepancy can cause symptoms. Commonly these would be a limp or other gait issues. Pain in the back or lower body is a typical system. Some people experience excess fatigue. If you have any of these symptoms, it's a good idea to be checked for LLD.


There are two major types of LLD. The first is functional in which the bones of both legs are identical in length and the discrepancy is caused by a problem in the hips, pelvis, knees, ankles, or feet. The joint issue can be something a person is born with or due to arthritis or a neuromuscular condition. There is also structural LLD, in which either thigh bone or shin bone is shorter in one leg than the other. It's less common and usually a condition from birth, although it can also be the result of bone disease. 


Structural LLD is harder to treat and often requires surgery. A non-invasive option is wearing a lift in the shoe of the shorter leg. Functional LLD is more common and more easily treatable. Stretching and exercise can be very helpful. Correcting incorrect pelvic tilt or any issues in the hips or other joints is often very effective in treating functional LLD. This is where chiropractic care can be very effective. Licensed chiropractors are trained to make adjustments that correct subluxations. With the body aligned properly, both legs can even out and the problems associated with functional LLD can be successfully treated. 

LLD is a very common issue. It can have an effect on gait and be painful. Functional LLD is very treatable and chiropractic is an excellent option to consider. If you suspect that you have LLD, stop by The Joint Chiropractic for an examination and adjustment. It's nice when everything is on the level. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring, Tex.

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