Short Leg Syndrome Treatment in Greenville, SC

Short leg syndrome, also defined as Leg Length Inequality, is quite literally a condition where a person has one leg that is shorter than the other. It is surprisingly common and can go undetected for a number of years. There can be a variety of symptoms ranging from mild to extreme. If leg length inequality is suspected, a Chiropractor will be able to determine the source of the inequality and determine which treatment plans to take part in. 

 

Types of Short Leg Syndrome 

If one leg is shorter than the other, the pelvis becomes unlevel and the spine can be tipped to the side. This imbalance can cause an abnormal lumbar curvature or scoliosis. There are two main classifications of short leg syndrome. 

 

  • Anatomical Short Leg-  A difference in legs between the actual legs; can be caused by a trauma to the area such as a fracture or hip replacement. Often the result of asymmetrical growth. 

  • Functional Short Leg- Although the legs seem to be two different lengths, they aren’t actually disproportionate at all. Most commonly caused by flat foot or bow legs. 

 

Chiropractic Care for Short Leg Syndrome 

Improving symmetry in the spine and pelvis is important when considering your treatment for short leg syndrome. If left untreated long enough, ultimately a pelvic tilt will result in severe damage to the spine and lower intervertebral discs. 

 

After providing an exam and assessing the results, a chiropractor will be able to pinpoint the cause of your short leg syndrome and help you come up with the best individualized treatment plan. This can include manipulation to the spine, as well as exercises. The doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes such as working under orthodontic care to assist with any length discrepancies such as flat foot. 

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