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



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


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


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).


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