Examining Static Posture

This is thought provoking for the “back to basics” approach. The article discusses the relationship between static coronal plane mal-alignment and L-S and hip pathology. Enjoy the read!

Association of mild leg length discrepancy and degenerative changes in the hip joint and lumbar spine

Murray, K et al, 2017

Abstract:

Objective

To evaluate the relationship between mild leg length discrepancy (LLD) and degenerative joint disease (DJD) or osteoarthritis.

Methods

Evaluated standard postural lumbopelvic radiographs from 255 adults with spinal pain.

Results

A strong correlation was found between LLD and hip DJD in men (r = 0.532) and women (r = 0.246). We also found a strong correlation between LLD and DJD at the L5-S1 motion segment in men (r = 0.395) and women (r = 0.246).

Conclusions

These findings suggest an association between LLD and hip and lumbar DJD. Cause–effect relationships between mild LLD and DJD deserve to be properly evaluated in future longitudinal cohort studies.

  • JMPT, Vol 40, Issue 5, June 2017, Pages 320–329