Scoliosis Australia Forums  

Go Back   Scoliosis Australia Forums > Archived questions and answers from Dr Scoliosis > List of questions and answers from Dr Scoliosis

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 20-01-2015, 05:43 PM
Annabelle Annabelle is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 1
Default Leg Length Discrepancy and Scoliosis

My 17 year old son was diagnosed with mild scoliosis late last year. He has a 4cm leg length discrepancy and this has caused the scoliosis. The Dr recommended surgery to lengthen the leg but thought it was best to have the op after he finished his HSC, so we have a year to hand out the painkillers and do some research. I was wondering if there are any studies showing the long term success of using shoe lifts etc vs surgery?. Is there any other way to fix the problem other than leg lengthening? Any advice would be great.
Old 22-01-2015, 03:45 PM
Dr Scoliosis Dr Scoliosis is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 187
Default Re: Leg Length Discrepancy and Scoliosis

Dear Annabelle,

Your son probably has a postural, rather than structural scoliosis. Leg length differences cause pelvic tilt and the spine bends to compensate. Unlike a structural scoliosis, there is no spinal rotation. That being said, large leg length differences can lead to structural curves.

In answer to your question, any leg length difference can be compensated for by a shoe raise. However, once that raise gets beyond 2 cm one is limited by the shoes that can be worn and the cost of altering multiple pairs of shoes. Gait also becomes awkward with large raises.

In general, for a 2 to 5 cm difference, the recommended treatment is to shorten the long leg. For differences greater than that, lengthening the short side is preferred. (These are general guides).

Leg length equalisation procedures are complex and really not the area of specialty of this website. I would recommend further discussion with your sonís specialist.

Dr S

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +10. The time now is 02:29 AM.

This forum is a project of

Spine Society of Australia

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.