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One Leg Shorter Than Other


#1

So after a couple years of nagging injuries, I finally went to the chiropractor a couple weeks ago. X-rays showed that my right leg is 1/4 inch shorter than my left so it’s throwing my back completely out of alignment. A couple weeks of adjustments and my back is feeling about 100%.

However, I still have nagging pain in my right hip flexor, and, to a lesser degree, my right knee.

Anyone have any ideas of corrective exercises I can do to help? Or am I just going to have to rely on custom orthotics forever?


#2

That small amount of difference is not reliably measurable with a single X-ray. It does mean the difference is probably in the range of 0 to 1/2 inch. 1/2 inch doesn’t normally cause a problem, but it could. I have about 1/2 inch difference and it has never caused any problems, and I’m in my late 40s. I only tried a corrective lift for a short time when I was a kid. You can easily see that my lower back muscles on one side are more developed that the other though.

Your issues may be unrelated to leg length difference.


#3

Did the chiro determine whether it was a functional or structural deficit? Each would be treated differently and have different prognosis.