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

July 16, 2019

Leg length inequality is everywhere. Leg length inequality has an effect on joints in the spine, hip and knee. Knee, hip and back pain may result. The Augusta chiropractic examination at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic incorporates a test for leg length inequality and, subject to the discrepancy, the Augusta chiropractic treatment plan will correct 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 usual conversation starter! But 90% of us has an inequality of greater than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has exactly equal leg lengths. Just 10%! Leg length inequality equalizes us all.

  • Hip and knee problems emerge in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues typically occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions have a tendency to be more common in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back issues happen more commonly on the short leg side.
Researchers recently reviewed many published articleswritten on leg length inequality and  report that the majority of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while differences of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1) With these facts in mind, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic 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. What does this mean? These forces affect the hip joint the most as the leg length difference increases. (2) The older of us will want to stop 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 Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic 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 find 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 can correct up to 9 mm difference, but a 10 mm or more requires 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 establish and correct short leg syndrome. Using “pelvic leveling,” your Augusta 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 made. Remember, chiropractors like yours at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic sees and helps a lot 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 and older years of life.

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Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic checks for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues.