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

July 16, 2019

Leg length inequality is rampant. Leg length inequality affects joints in the spine, hip and knee. Knee, hip and back pain may develop. The Nashua chiropractic examination at Moriarty Chiropractic includes an analysis of leg length inequality and, subject to the discrepancy, the Nashua chiropractic treatment plan will address 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 is not a usual 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 emerge in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee conditions have a tendency to be more typical in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back problems happen more commonly on the short leg side.
Researchers recently reviewed many published articleswritten on leg length inequality and  report that the bulk 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) Considering these facts, Moriarty Chiropractic 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. 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 Moriarty Chiropractic know short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in chiropractic school to notice 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 goal is to have no more than a 3 mm difference in leg length, and heel lifts can correct up to 9 mm difference while 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 establish and correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your Nashua chiropractor can do it for you.  Get this important anatomical factor for good spinal and general health checked by your chiropractor so proper correction can be made. Keep in mind, chiropractors like yours at Moriarty Chiropractic see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Moriarty Chiropractic sees and treats a lot of spine pain! Consequently, 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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Moriarty Chiropractic tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues.