Do you suffer with low back pain and stiffness every time you stand up? Are you limping or favoring one leg because of pain or stiffness? Do you have one-sided ankle, knee or hip pain that just never seems to go away? Do you look in the mirror and see that one shoulder is lower than the other?
Unfortunately, unless you are an astronaut slated to head toward the International Space Station, you must contend with gravity at all times. Gravity keeps us planted to the earth, and it also plays a very significant role in growth and development of the bones and tissues of the body. If you are not symmetrical, the pressure that is created simply from your normal daily activities can set you up for pain, suffering and eventually disability.
We are meant to be symmetrical creatures, two eyes, ears, arms and legs. This symmetry is important for attractiveness, and plays an important part in how we function in the world. Unfortunately, trauma, genetics and poor postural and gait habits can make us lose our symmetry and the results can be disastrous. Knee pain and degeneration can prevent you from playing sports, exercising, or even carrying your laundry down the stairs. Hip pain and degeneration can make it hard to move around and may eventually require hip replacement if the degeneration gets too bad. Low back pain is an epidemic, affecting nearly 80% of the population at any given time. All of this pain and suffering reduces quality of life, and leads to disabling conditions that wreck our enjoyment.
Legs are meant to be symmetrical, and if you have one leg that is shorter than the other because of growth or injury during the teen years, this inequality can place abnormal pressures on muscles, tendons and discs and can lead to pelvic and spinal muscles being weak and imbalanced. These weak and unbalanced muscles can cause pressures on pain-sensitive ligaments, tendons, bone, and discs and can lead to accelerated degeneration of the joint involved. Eventually the imbalance will created stresses and strains great enough to cause the tissues to deform and they will degenerate even more. Abnormal posture hurts!
Fortunately, at Benchmark Medical Group, located in Windsor in Northern Colorado, we have the tools to detect leg length differences and can prescribe the proper heel lifts or orthotics to remedy the situation. Many patients report much less pain and better gait and function simply by placing a small lift in the shoe! The analysis requires a very specific x-ray and measurement to determine the exact amount of leg length difference and once we have this information, specific exercises and therapies can be applied to get you back to symmetry!
If we find these differences in young adults and teens, we can often prevent pain and dysfunction with early intervention. However, if the leg length problem is long standing, muscles tendons and ligaments have most likely adapted to the abnormal position and this may necessitate rehabilitation. Fortunately, we have many different methods to get muscles and joints working properly again. We have an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill than can re-train your gait while removing the pressure of gravity. We have Power Plate® Physical therapy that can get your small stabilizing muscles around the spine hips and legs working properly again and a team of therapists who can assist you in safely rehabilitating your body.
If the degeneration is extensive, we have some very cutting-edge treatments that can not only lessen pain but can actually re-generate your joints and soft tissues. Injections of Surpartz® into reduced joint space can improve cushion and lessen pain. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves removing some of your own blood, processing the plasma with your own platelets and re-injection into the damaged tissues. This PRP therapy effectively allows you to use your own cells to accelerate healing and regeneration of the tissues with little to no side effects and tremendous safety considering it is your own plasma being injected.
We have traction and CBP® rehabilitation therapies that can remove pressure from compressed lumbar spine discs and joints, remove pressure from the delicate nerves of the spine and get better pain-free range of motion. We also have an incredibly effective weight loss program to lessen the loads on all of your joints a get you looking and feeling your best. Plus our amazing K-Laser can assist in healing time, improve circulation and reduce pain, often in just a few treatments!
If you are suffering with pain, what are you waiting for? Call us today to see if you are candidate for our amazing treatments and to receive a screening to determine if your pain and other health conditions are caused or complicated by an leg-length inequality. Why suffer? Call Now!