Myofascial Release, Osteoarthritis and Leg Length Inequality

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Myofascial Release, Osteoarthritis and Leg Length Inequality

Postby WaltFritz on Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:23 am

A study has been published by the Annals of Internal Medicine that directly pertains to Myofascial Release treatment. This study, with over 3000 participants, demonstrated a positive correlation between having a leg length discrepancy, or one leg longer than the other, and the prevalence of osteoarthritis in the knee.

Older studies have shown that the majority of leg length discrepancies are due to asymmetries in the pelvis, rather than true leg length differences. An asymmetrical pelvis can often be corrected with the skilled application of Myofascial release treatment. With studies such as this, identifying and correcting pelvic asymmetries becomes even more important for the general public. While follow up studies as necessary to validate these findings, early intervention is crucial.

The study group was in the 50-79 age range, when arthritic changes have already become apparent. Identifying at-risk individuals at an earlier age should be a standard medical screening. Referral to an appropriated health practitioner for evaluation and treatment simple and cost effective way to reduce the pain that can result from osteoarthritis of the knees and reduce the need for total knee replacements. read through this study at the Research page of my website: http://www.myofascialpainrelief.com/MFRresearch.html (article #215)
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Re: Myofascial Release, Osteoarthritis and Leg Length Inequality

Postby kathryn on Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:17 am

Hi Walt, although the article said the cause of osteoarthritis was unknown, I've read a source that suggests that osteoarthritis in the knee is generally believed to be caused by hip imbalances. I'll have to look that up again and see what they are citing.

Thanks for all the research articles you've posted on your site!
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Re: Myofascial Release, Osteoarthritis and Leg Length Inequality

Postby WaltFritz on Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:18 am

kathryn wrote:I've read a source that suggests that osteoarthritis in the knee is generally believed to be caused by hip imbalances


The article does not go into the cause of leg length discrepancies. I've read numerous articles on the causes of leg length changes with regards to pelvic asymmetry and other causes. I've not read through the bibliography in this article. If you have a reference from this or other sources, I'd love you to post it here.

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