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correcting pelvis misalignment

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Topic: correcting pelvis misalignment
Posted By: Ask a PT
Subject: correcting pelvis misalignment
Date Posted: Aug 01 2015 at 7:52am
Our user asked: "I noticed a few days ago that my right leg was longer than my left by about an inch. After doing some research, I found it was probably due to a pelvic misalignment. The information provided to test this had me place my hands on my iliac crest in front of a mirror. What I noticed is that my right hip is actually about 1/2" higher, which was counter-intuitive because my right leg is also the longer leg. I have been doing the stretches I found on the websites but am not finding any changes (granted, it has only been a few days). This morning on the rower I could really feel the difference. My right buttock was becoming very sore, right on the bone and my right leg was not fully extending like my left leg was. When I finished, I stood up, dropped my shorts, put my feet together and looked straight down. What I noticed was that my right thigh looked way bigger than my left. I measured both of them and found they are actually the same size, but the right one protrudes out much further (about 1.5") than my left. I also measured the distance from the center of my "cheek" to the center of the front of my thigh (where the 'hole' is) and found that my right buttock is about 1" larger than my left. I feel like my femurs are not matching up correctly, but cant tell which side is the issue!"

Ask a PT Response: "Without physically examining you it would be difficult to determine the root cause of your leg length discrepancy. Various contributors to leg length discrepancy can include muscle imbalance (one side tighter or weaker than other), actual structural discrepancy (femur, tibia, etc). Issues at the hip and SI could also contribute to the discrepancy. A discrepancy of one inch is very severe and could require custom shoes and orthotics. The best thing to do would be to probably see a PT so that he or she can examine you and determine what is contributing to your leg length discrepancy. The PT can then develop a plan of care tailored to your specific needs. Sorry I couldn't have been of more help."

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