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Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is prevalent. Leg length inequality affects joints in the hip, knee and spine. Knee, hip and back pain may develop. The Colorado Springs chiropractic examination at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR includes an analysis of leg length inequality and, subject to the difference, the Colorado Springs chiropractic treatment plan will fix it with a heel lift to help avoid problems like hip joint arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.


No one talks about having a shorter leg than the other. It’s not a typical conversation starter! But 90% of us has an inequality of more than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has exactly equal leg lengths. Just 10%! Leg length inequality equalizes us all.

  • Hip and knee issues 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 typical in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back problems happen 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 preempt long-term issues. (1) Considering these facts, The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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 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 wear on 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 affects our joints.


Chiropractors like yours at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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 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 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 establish and correct short leg syndrome. Using “pelvic leveling,” your Colorado Springs 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 The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR sees and helps a lot 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 Chiropractic TRUhealthDR tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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