Leg Length Differences: Look to the Pelvis for Answers
Leg length differences are thought to affect more than 50% of adults (Cummings et al , Spine, 1993). Leg length differences of more than 5 mm can predisposed people to asymmetrical joint wear, pain, or injury (Cummings et al, Spine, 1993).
There are many causes for one leg to be longer than the other. Often, the leg difference can be due to a sacroiliac dysfunction or your pelvis being “out of line.” Sometimes this manifests as low back pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, or even shoulder and jaw issues. The good news is that in many cases this can be corrected.
There are many stories out there; see if this one is like yours. Feel free to share your experiences as well.
A huge thank you to those Pilates Instructors, and Personal Trainers from around the Twin Cities who took time today to attend continuing education on how to design programs to help people with leg length differences and sacroiliac issues have less pain and improve function.
Here are of some of the exercises presented. They are intended to serve as a review for those who attended the continuing education seminar, as well as spark some ideas and questions for anyone interested in the topic.
Here are links to a few videos in review:
Check back next week for a few more additions!
A huge thank you also goes out to our host studio, LifeTime Fitness at Crosstown. If you would like to connect with instructors, connect with the host site, or would like more information on upcoming continuing education opportunities, please leave a comment.
I look forward to reading your stories, experiences, ideas, and challenges as we create a community of information and education to better health and function.
Note: This article is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of OSR Physical Therapy.