Leg Length Discrepancy Back Pain Scoliosis & Stenosis

Physical therapists measure both sides from anterior superior iliac spine to medial malleolus - Back pain and scoliosis require careful review of diagnostic techniques.

Two most often overlooked etiologies are leg length discrepancies and smaller hemipelvis. Having a Small Hemipelvis means that one half of the pelvis is slightly smaller than the other.  When you sit, you sit on two bones at the bottom of your pelvis - your "sit bones", technically called the Ischium on both sides.  

Like a short leg, a Small Hemipelvis means that the Ischium on one side is higher than the other, causing the base of the spine to tilt, especially when sitting.



DC Quackery


This is the chiropractic technique to falsely lead you to receiving lumbar adjustments that can never correct leg length nor hip discrepancies. DO NOT LET Chiropractors FOOL YOU!


Chiropractors will crack your back and  say, "See, your ankles now match." In reality they have dropped your hip to even your leg lengths.


Has ANY chiropractor EVER ruled in/out that your back pain/scoliosis may be caused by unequal lower limbs or pelvic bones that you have inherited?!


Leg length discrepancies: 

anatomical - genetics. Can be short leg bone or smaller unilateral hemipelvis 
accident - broken leg bone regrows longer 
torsional - pelvic alignment or unilateral tight psoas 
functional - nonosseous shortening of soft tissue
environmental - chronic running on uneven ground 

When you have any doubt see a physical therapist for a proper evaluation.

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Comment by Minister Mike on May 9, 2015 at 5:31pm

Spinal stenosis caused by unequal leg lengths

Comment by Minister Mike on May 9, 2015 at 5:11pm

Functional scoliosis caused by leg length discrepancy

Leg length discrepancy (LLD) causes pelvic obliquity in the frontal plane and lumbar scoliosis with convexity towards the shorter extremity. Leg length discrepancy is observed in 3-15% of the population. Unequalized lower limb length discrepancy lower leg length discrepancy leads to posture deformation, gait asymmetry, low back pain and discopathy [deterioration of the intervertebral disc and probable bulging of the disc onto a spinal nerve].

Comment by Minister Mike on May 2, 2015 at 12:14pm

Back Pain Spinal Stenosis Leg Length Discrepancies

Leg length inequalities are quite common and are an often-overlooked source of back pain. Spinal stenosis may also occur as a result of differences in leg length. This is likely due to the effect of chronic torsion and postural deviation, such as a tilted pelvis, which can cause the body to attempt to stabilize the spine through new bone creation, calcified ligaments, or thicker musculature. Unfortunately, the spinal nerves may be collateral damage in this process as the small spinal spaces through which they travel can be further restricted by such changes. In addition to this, the twisted posture that occurs, however minor, when one leg is longer than the other can itself put pressure on the spinal nerves through spinal stenosis, although this is often reversible through postural reeducation and simple devices such as shoe lifts. http://spinalstenosis.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/leg-lengt...

Comment by Minister Mike on April 21, 2015 at 10:01am


Dr Grassi taught me that high shoulder indicates short leg.

No tx other than heel lift may be all that is required for the benefit of the patient.

No chiropractor adjustment, massage, acupuncture, electrical stim, reiki, shaman, feather, positive affirmations, ...... See diagram



Comment by Minister Mike on March 21, 2015 at 6:04am

"Harper began to question the theories he had been taught at Texas Chiropractor College. The notion that “pressure on a nerve at the IVF [intervertebral foramen] shut off impulses, and this was the cause of disease,” he believed, “didn’t check with the facts of anatomy and physiology or with the clinical findings of pain, muscle contraction and visceral dysfunction, which cannot occur with no impulses. There was something wrong somewhere”. In coming years he wrote repeatedly about the conflict he found between the basic sciences and traditional chiropractic theory, for example:

"… These principles were broad enough to cover everything, but somewhere along the line someone who didn’t understand them invented the hose theory, or the pinched nerve, as the explanation for obtained results in the clinic. This theory, which also involves a decrease in impulses, is in conflict with physiologic and anatomic facts and is a poor substitute for the real thing.

"Harper’s diagnosis was a search for etiology, that is, for the source of abnormal irritation of the nervous system. Anything, as the title of his book suggested, might be the offending stimulus. Once this task has been accomplished and the source of inappropriate irritation identified, he believed, the treatment would suggest itself. The doctor’s intervention was an effort to remove the source of inappropriate irritation."

"The adjustment may be mechanical (manipulation or surgery), chemical (diet or drugs), or psychic (counsel or psychiatry). We do know that drugs and surgery do relieve irritation of the nervous system in certain cases."

William D. Harper, Jr, MS, DC: Anything Can Cause Anything

In other words 'subluxations' do NOT exist.

Comment by Minister Mike on February 15, 2015 at 7:45pm

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Comment by Minister Mike on January 30, 2015 at 3:30pm

EVERYONE recommended reading

O DC's
Pocket Guide to Musculoskeletal Diagnosis

Comment by Minister Mike on January 30, 2015 at 4:41am

 A tailor measures leg lengths....with a tape measure and without xrays.

When I was sixteen I had to have the tailor make my left pant leg almost a half inch shorter than my right.

Comment by Minister Mike on January 29, 2015 at 4:18am

"In fact, systematic evaluation of the data has revealed that anywhere from 40 to 90% of acute low back pain may initially resolve prior to 3 months."

Pocket Guide to Musculoskeletal Diagnosis


Comment by Minister Mike on December 25, 2014 at 10:40am

The Cult of chiropractic ['Hands of God"] is at odds with business ethics:

Too many Xrays too many spinal/neck high velocity adjustments too many patient visits.

And NONE of you Chiropractors give credit to where it is due: Palmer's 1st neck adjustment took place in 1895.Where did he learn? As Dr Still's student:

In 1874, Andrew Taylor Still MD DO, discovered the significance of living anatomy in health and disease, and was the founder of the American School of Osteopathy.

Dr. Still sought to reform existing 19th-century medical practices. Still investigated alternative treatments, such as hydropathy, diet, bonesetting, and magnetic healing and imagined that someday "rational medical therapy" would consist of manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, surgery and very sparing use of drugs, including anesthetics, antiseptics and antidotes 

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