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

Leg length inequality is everywhere. Leg length inequality has an effect on joints in the hip, knee and spine. Knee, hip and back pain may develop. The Manahawkin chiropractic examination at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center includes an analysis of leg length inequality and, subject to the difference, the Manahawkin chiropractic treatment plan will address 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 is 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 tend to be more common in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back problems happen more commonly on the short leg side.
Authors of the newest review of many papers written on leg length inequality  report that the majority of papers find differences of more than 2 cm are a problem while differences of just 5 mm can lead to long-term issues. (1) With these facts in mind, Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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. In people with a short leg, the contact forces in the joints in the short leg rose as the leg length difference rose. 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 prevent long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg affects our joints.


Chiropractors like yours at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center understand how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in chiropractic school to notice key issues like leg length inequality and address them. Chiropractors realize 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 needs 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 determine and correct short leg syndrome. We can do it by “pelvic leveling,” a technique your Manahawkin 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. Keep in mind, chiropractors like yours at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center sees and helps lots of spine pain! Therefore, by correcting short leg difference in younger years of life, we can prevent degenerative conditions of the spine and extremities that cause pain and disability in middle and older years of life.

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