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Posted on 02-28-2016

Our bodies work best when they are generally symmetrical and in balance. Conditions which result in significant asymmetry in one part of the body tend to throw the whole body out of balance. One of the conditions that can result in the body being out of balance is Short Leg Syndrome. Let's take a few minutes to understand the basics of Short Leg Syndrome and to understand the elements of chiropractic care for Short Leg Syndrome.

Short Leg Syndrome includes the cascading symptoms that occur when one leg is either functionally or actually shorter than the other. With one leg shorter than the other, the pelvis will tilt down toward the shorter leg, which will result in the spine having to curve and recover to hold the body erect. This canting of the pelvis may result in hip or knee problems as well as spine problems, all the way from the low back to the neck.

We mentioned that Short Leg Syndrome can result from a leg that is either actually or functionally shorter than the other. The leg can be actually shorter due to genetic anomalies or due to injury to the growth plate of one of the bones of the leg of a child. Other causes can include degeneration of cartilage in the knee or hip, cancer or a poorly measured hip replacement. The leg can be functionally shorter if misalignment of the pelvis, spine, knees or hips cause one leg to seem shorter.

Here at Lexington Family Chiropractic, we will carefully evaluate your entire body to help determine if Short Leg Syndrome is present, and, if so, whether it is functional or actual. In either case, we may then fit you with appropriate Orthotic devices to help level your pelvis, if your problem is functional, or with appropriate orthotic lifts, to make your shorter leg measure up to the other. To find out more about Short Leg Syndrome, and whether it might explain some of your orthopedic aches and pains, please contact us to set up a consultation and examination with Dr. Gallantine.

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