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Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is widespread. A short leg affects joints in the spine, hip and knee. Knee, hip and back pain may result. The Montreal chiropractic examination at Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic includes an analysis of leg length inequality and, subject to the discrepancy, the Montreal chiropractic treatment plan will fix it with a heel lift to potentially avoid conditions 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 appear in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues typically occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions are more apt to be more common in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back pain conditions appear more commonly on the short leg side.
Authors of the newest review of many papers written on leg length inequality  found that the majority of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while variations of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1) Considering these facts, Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic finds it important 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 will want to take note of this. 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 stop long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg affects our joints.


Chiropractors like yours at Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic 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 find that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is positive. The aim is to have no more than 3 mm of leg length difference, 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 half 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 find and correct short leg syndrome. Using “pelvic leveling,” your Montreal 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 Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic 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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Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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