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Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is everywhere. A short leg has an effect on joints in the hip, knee and spine. Knee, hip and back pain may result. The Carrolltown chiropractic examination at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation incorporates an analysis of leg length inequality and, depending on the discrepancy, the Carrolltown chiropractic treatment plan will fix it with a heel lift to potentially avoid issues 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 more 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 conditions have a tendency 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 greater than 2 cm are a problem while differences of just 5 mm can preempt long-term issues. (1) Considering these facts, Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation finds it valuable to address leg length discrepancies to avoid painful issues as much as possible.


Want to prevent 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. Why does this matter? 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 stop long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg bothers our joints.


Chiropractors like yours at Gormish Chiropractic & 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 address 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, but 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 determine and correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your Carrolltown 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. Remember, chiropractors like yours at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation sees and treats lots of spine pain! Therefore, 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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Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation checks for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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