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Apr 26

Differing Leg Lengths Can Cause Hip & Spine Degeneration

by Dr. Pete Ahlers-Nelson, D.C., Blog, No Comments

Apr 26

Have you ever heard a friend say, “Yeah, I have one leg longer than the other?”

Or, perhaps, you have legs of differing lengths?

Ever thought, deep down, maybe this meant something else in your body might not be right? Like, maybe you had some hip or spine issues that caused the inconsistent leg lengths?

Or, perhaps, the differing leg lengths themselves cause, over time, hip and spine issues?

Well, you may be onto something.

Differing Leg Lengths Cause Hip & Spine Degeneration

Or so says a new study, one published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

In the study, researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, set out to investigate whether or not leg length discrepancy (LLD) leads to potential degenerative joint disease (DJD) or osteoarthritis (joint cartilage and bone breakdown).

The team observed 255 adults, which included 134 men and 121 women. They used industry-standard measurement tools to assess two specific parts of the spine: the L4-L5 segment, or the two lowest vertebrae in the spine’s lumbar region; and the L5-S1 segment, or the base of the spine, also known as the lumbosacral joint.

By way of their measurements, researchers found a strong correlation between LLD and hip and lumbar DJD, in both men and women.

In Summary

What’s this mean to you?

Well, if you do suffer from LLD, and you know you do…

It might be a good idea, as a preventative means, to regularly see a chiropractor.

That way, you may be able to better fend off any potential DJD.

This article is posted with express written permission from LongevityTimes.com

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