The Hip Joint and Chiropractic

Often patients with back pain and pain in the sacro-iliac joints complain of the sensation of their legs being different lengths. There are two ways in which Chiropractors can determine the length of the legs. One is by tape measure. In this procedure the length between the bump at the front of the hip (ASIS) and the medial malleolus (bump at middle of ankle) is measured. A second involves and x ray of the pelvis. Often fixations of the sacro-iliac joints can cause one side of the pelvis to move differently causing a sensation of leg length difference. Some individuals have an actual difference in the length of the length of the bones of the leg.
Ligamentous laxity effecting the hip is a condition which may be seen in pregnancy. Women also are more prone to dislocation of the hip joint due to naturally more lax ligaments at the hip joint.
Defects of the hip joint itself are equally common in men and women. Defective development of the hip is thought to be hereditary in nature. This type of inherited hip defect is seen on both hips when it occurs.
The incidence of congenital hip dislocation is slightly higher when infants are delivered breech. It is thought that movement of the hips during delivery makes an infant prone to hip dislocation when delivered breech.
One general way Chiropractors can determine if there is a leg length discrepancy is to have a person lie on their back with the knees bent 90 degrees. Often it is possible to observe a leg length discrepancy in this position.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focuses on the treatment of back pain, neck pain, sports injury, whiplash and acupuncture. Etter Chiropractic serves Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas.

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