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Posted on 02-15-2012

When we think of the average human body, we think that it is symmetrical, meaning that if you were draw a line down the middle of your body, the left and right sides would mirror the other. In reality, there is some form of asymmetry- one manifestation is Leg Length Inequality (LLI). This is when one leg is either anatomically or functionally shorter than the other, and is classified as a "normal variant": something that is so common, it isn't too abnormal.

Anatomical LLI refers to a leg which is physically shorter than the other due to unequal growth rates, fractures, or deformities. In functional LLI, both legs are identical in length, but it looks shorter due to the hip being raised on one side. A postural imbalance is unbalanced muscle on one side, or flat feet. This imbalance can cause pressure, stress, and pain in your knees, thighs, hips, pelvis, and spine. This can cause obvious pain, limp, or may go unnoticed until an injury results! Many medical researchers have concluded that even a few millimeters of LLI (a quarter of an inch or less) may be a primary or contributing cause of low back or hip problems, and an obvious stress factor in the hips and knees.

Dr. Cynthia Seaman has protocols which can accurately measure the length of your legs and determine whether your condition is anatomical or functional. If you are found to have an LLI condition which is affecting your postural stability, Seaman Chiropractic Center can offer a tailored treatment plan specific to you. This can correct or prevent any additional problems or pain. Depending on the diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Seaman may recommend a lift or custom fit orthotics. She will select the stabilizers best suited for you based on a variety of factors (lifestyle, health, age, weight, sex, etc.) and correct the spinal imbalances. find out if you have a short leg, or to get to the root of your pain, please give our office a call today at 773-545-2233!

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