Hospital Drive Chiropractic

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Going to Greater Lengths

By some estimates, up to four people in five have one leg that is longer than the other. In most cases, this leg-length discrepancy is not sufficiently pronounced to cause a problem. In others, it can cause the pelvis to tilt, which leads to twisting of the spine and associated problems. Leg-length discrepancy can result from an anatomical or structural shortening due to a fracture or an inherited abnormality. Or, it -may involve a functional difference in which leg lengths may be equal, but a condition such as pronation (inward turn of the foot) causes one leg to strike first. With diagnosis and appropriate treatment, either cause may be addressed so that it will cause no further strain and pain.

P.S. Many people do not have problems with leg-length discrepancy until a vigorous walking or running regimen gives rise to leg pain as a result of the unequal distribution of pressure.