My 17 year year old daughter was diagnosed with leg length discrepancy?

My 17 year year old daughter was diagnosed with leg length discrepancy after going to the doctor for pain in her back and right leg. Her right femur is 1.8 inches shorter than her left. Due to the tilt of her pelvis it has also caused her spine to have a slight s curve and her rib cage to pertrude of her left side. The doctor we went and saw recommended we go and get a shoe lift. She has worn that for almost 6 months and the pain has not gotten any better. She suffers from lower back, hip, knee, and ankle pain. I took her back to that same doctor two times and he just keeps on insisting the lift will work and we haven’t given it enough time. I was just wondering if there’s anything else we could possibly do and what other treatments are available.





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Dr. Ayman Darrag
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Dr. Ayman Darrag

Hi and welcome to question doctors.com
And the pain will persist if posture correction is not done..
She must get intensive physiotherapy to stretch the muscles of the short back and strength the long back… Correcting the posture is a key for pain relief although the shoe lift is very important..

Dr Ahmed Fawzy
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Dr Ahmed Fawzy

Well through out the years your daughters muscles and ligaments have adapted to the discripancy, so u can not really expect them to readjust that easly
If you can find a good physical therapist he can help your daughter readjust to the correct posture after the lift
Would take about 12 sessions maximum (1 month)

Hope i have helped
Good Luck

Dr Mahaveer
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Dr Mahaveer

hi
i would like to know the disease that has caused her femur to get shorter.
was it congenital or is it acquired in her eraly childhood ?
some acquired cases can be corrected surgically.
till then physiotherapy will help.
thanks

shw12
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shw12

HI
SHOE RAISE TO COMPENSATE THE LIMB LENGTH DISCREPENCY IS THE MAIN TREATMENT. STRETCHING OF SPINE WITH BACK STRENGTHENING EXERCISES WILL HELP. SURGICAL INCREASE IN LIMB LENGTH CAN BE THOUGHT OF.

mrsshalini14
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mrsshalini14

hello there
it can be due to the compensatory scoliosis of the spine that tends to occur to maintain body equilibrium. postural exercises will be helpful.

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