Question: “I have had chronic low back pain for about 10 years and was once told it was due to a leg length discrepancy. How might a physical therapist help this?”
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Answer: During our evaluation, we would test to see if it is a true leg length discrepancy or a functional leg length discrepancy.
A true discrepancy is when one leg’s femur or tibia is longer than the other leg’s while a functional leg length discrepancy is when there are joint dysfunctions, most commonly a pelvic obliquity, that makes it seem longer.
If you have a functional discrepancy, then we can utilize different manual physical therapy techniques to improve the alignment of the leg and improve the efficiency of the joint itself. Often times we can significantly reduce the leg length discrepancy with these techniques.
If it is a true leg length discrepancy or we have reduced the functional discrepancy as much as possible but there is still a difference, then we can evaluate the need for a heel lift or orthotics.
We perform various tests to look at posture, range of motion and strength in your natural resting position and with the use of measured heel lifts. Whatever height you have the best results with is the appropriate height to correct your imbalances.
FMT is the key to faster healing. It is why many clients tell us they received the same benefit after one FMT session as five traditional physical therapy sessions they had tried before. FMT is not traditional physical therapy. Learn more...
Founded in 2004, Elite Health Services, with locations in Old Greenwich, CT, is a world-class provider of certified Functional Manual Therapy™, personal training, pilates and running services. Elite Health Services has already helped thousands of your colleagues, friends and neighbors throughout Lower Fairfield County.