Leg Length and Its Warnings

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When you build a house, it’s necessary to construct a firm foundation for the rest of the home to sit upon. When something goes wrong with your home’s foundation, you can expect a multitude of problems to start forming elsewhere. In the same way, your legs are the foundation of your spine, so it is imperative to make sure that your body’s foundation is in proper alignment. Minor discrepancies in leg length are normal, but when legs become 5mm or more different in length, it can result in muscle tension, decreased joint mobility, and a decline in overall quality of life. This is known as short leg syndrome, and it can be the cause of many issues ranging from low back pain to osteoarthritis and so much more. Short leg syndrome is common in people with a history of foot, knee, and hip issues, but any individual can experience a difference in leg length that should be corrected by a chiropractor.

Why Does Leg Length Matter?

Leg length is one of those things that can easily fly under your radar. Without noticing, you can step wrong going down a set of stairs, sit in a chair at a strange angle for too long, or twist your ankle in the back yard playing with the kids. When a leg gets “stuck” in that position, it causes inflammation or irritation. There have been many studies that explore the links between leg length and degenerative bone diseases. The vast majority of people who have some sort of discrepancy in their leg length also have a degenerative disease of some sort. The human spine and all the bones are designed to be even, including the hips and legs. An imbalance can lead to intense low back pain that can be easily relieved by a Bentonville chiropractor.

How Does Chiropractic Help with Leg Length Discrepancy?

The pain caused by short leg syndrome is due to a buildup of pressure. All of that excess pressure will lead to misalignments and compensations throughout the spine. These misalignments can eventually lead to degenerative bone diseases. However, if caught early enough, your Bentonville chiropractor can help your body begin to reverse some of these diseases. If you’re concerned about leg length discrepancy or are seeking relief from lower back pain or other ailments, you should visit your local chiropractor. Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic in Bentonville, AR will analyze your spine, assess your leg length, and form a chiropractic care plan specific to you and your needs. Through a series of spinal adjustments, the body will be able to heal properly by loosening up muscles, activating the immune system, and bringing mobility back to your joints. Call Dr. Niemela and his team to find out how chiropractic can help you.



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