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#1 of 18 Old 05-01-2006, 04:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have been noticing a problem with her left leg. At first it felt loose and less muscle tone than her right leg. But my husband pointed out the other day, the leg is smaller below the knee.

What is this? What is causing it? She can move the leg but it doesn't seem right to us. I am so worried. I never noticed anything like this with Conner.

I called the Ped's office and they would like me to come in this week. I am waiting for the appointment setter to call me back.

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I am glad you are having it checked out. Keep us posted.
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i hope everything is ok
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No help, just and the fondest wish that this is nothing serious. Please let us know what you find out.
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I got an appointment for tomorrow morning. Thanks guys.

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please keep us posted.
i hope you guys are alright.
hard to wait, i imagine.

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We went to the Ped, she said her hips look fine. She took measurements of each leg and there is a differance (I can't remember the exact figures). The biggest differance was the measurement below the knee. I also should her that the left leg is a little more limp than the right and that her left foot hangs down and turns in.

So she said rather than sending us for xrays and blood work, she is referring us to a Pediatric Orthopedist. She didn't want Gabrielle poked at if it wasn't necessary.

So we know its not her hips and its not a club foot. But other than that we will have to wait for the referal to the Orthopedist. Sigh...

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i hope the tests are not too traumatic for you all
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Before going further with the invasive stuff, go see a gentle chiropractor. My stepdad had a back injury, and over decades it caused one leg to be significantly thinner than the other, and then I got out of chiro school, went to live with mom and stepdad, and within months he could feel his pants getting tighter on that leg. Measured it, and it had indeed grown bigger.

If this might be the case (and vertebral subluxations that could cause this could be from birth, not just from obvious adult-type injuries), chiropractic could help her pretty much immediately, and you wouldn't have to resort to it as a LAST step, but rather before doing all sorts of other things.

It can't hurt, and it very likely will help.
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I second the Chiropractor. They can usually get you in very quick.

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well, i am someone with a leg-length discrepency and let me tell you, it is NO PICNIC. it causes ALL KINDS of problems with my back, chronic bursitis of the greater trochanter, knee problems and just general chronic pain. most of the time i feel like i have been hit by a bus. i know i feel this way because occassionally i have had to take narcotic pain relievers and when i go off them, i always think, "OH! I remember this! This really SUCKS!" I am 34 years old and i find it very hard to even walk one mile because of all this pain.

experiences with chiropractic have ranged from the mildly pleasant to the excruciatingly painful but none have done any good. same with physical therapy.

I would advise you to do WHATEVER IS IN YOUR POWER to make sure you dc's leg length discrepency is fixed, permanently and soon, even if you have to resort to surgery. Mine was never fixed (it is about 1/2 inch different, which is considered fairly large) and nary a day goes by that it does not negatively impact my life. There is not ONE HOUR of my life that goes by without me thinking about this, because I am in near constant pain. I am sure this is not what you want for your child, even if the effects are going to take years to show up (mine started in my early 20s).

Good luck. My thoughts are with you and your baby.
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I have a leg length discrepancy too--it took forever to get it diagnosed properly. If that's what it turns out to be, I hope you can find a specialist in that area. Don't settle for just any doc. It's not that uncommon and can be treated. But I agree with the previous poster...it's painful as an untreated adult.

Good luck and let us know!!!
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Another adult with a leg length difference that causes a lot of pain ... I second trying a chiropractor (has not helped me, but worth a shot) and getting to the bottom of this now. I'm sure this is very stressful so big, big hugs to you! You sound like a very attentive mother to have noticed this!
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Wait, the initial post sounded like it was a difference in circumference, not length.

Leg length is a diagnostic thing in chiropractic, as often subluxations cause contractures in the muscles, which end up pulling one or the other leg up. It's not a REAL difference in leg, solely one due to the muscles pulling in ways that can be solved by addressing the vertebral subluxation.

Other times, though, it's a bone problem, where the actual bone is a different length. The child of one of my chiropractic co-students had approx 6 inches difference at the time I knew him. He had ALL sorts of things done, from the medical to the completely "out there" (a psychic surgeon from the Philippines worked on him at one point), and things would START to work, but would either cause to much physical pain or too much emotional pain, and he would stop his mother from going further down whatever road.

Anyway, that discrepancy was not due to a chirpractically fixable problem. He did, however, have a built-up shoe that he wore, so he wouldn't cause even more problems.


But back to what I thought the OP was about, that's what I was referring to, a difference in circumference. That's what my stepdad's problem was, years after his back injury. And once he started having his vertebral subluxations addressed, and once the proper nerve impulses were able to travel properly up and down his spine, that's when his musculature on that leg was able to start building itself back up, and that's when he started noticing the difference in his legs. I will tell you, though, he noticed that AFTER about a month of absolutely rotten leg aches.

Either way, sometimes medicine wants to make more of something that it actually is, and this situation is a *perfect* one to start with a chiropractor. If it doesn't change, you've not done harm and you've likely done good for the rest of her body, and you can still continue with the medical route.

Hope some of that helps!
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Wait, the initial post sounded like it was a difference in circumference, not length.

Leg length is a diagnostic thing in chiropractic, as often subluxations cause contractures in the muscles, which end up pulling one or the other leg up. It's not a REAL difference in leg, solely one due to the muscles pulling in ways that can be solved by addressing the vertebral subluxation.

Other times, though, it's a bone problem, where the actual bone is a different length. The child of one of my chiropractic co-students had approx 6 inches difference at the time I knew him. He had ALL sorts of things done, from the medical to the completely "out there" (a psychic surgeon from the Philippines worked on him at one point), and things would START to work, but would either cause to much physical pain or too much emotional pain, and he would stop his mother from going further down whatever road.

Anyway, that discrepancy was not due to a chirpractically fixable problem. He did, however, have a built-up shoe that he wore, so he wouldn't cause even more problems.


But back to what I thought the OP was about, that's what I was referring to, a difference in circumference. That's what my stepdad's problem was, years after his back injury. And once he started having his vertebral subluxations addressed, and once the proper nerve impulses were able to travel properly up and down his spine, that's when his musculature on that leg was able to start building itself back up, and that's when he started noticing the difference in his legs. I will tell you, though, he noticed that AFTER about a month of absolutely rotten leg aches.

Either way, sometimes medicine wants to make more of something that it actually is, and this situation is a *perfect* one to start with a chiropractor. If it doesn't change, you've not done harm and you've likely done good for the rest of her body, and you can still continue with the medical route.

Hope some of that helps!
It is circumference! LOL I think I should of clarified that in my original post. The ped measured the circumference just above the ankle and just below the knee. The measurement below the knee was a big difference.

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It is circumference! LOL I think I should of clarified that in my original post. The ped measured the circumference just above the ankle and just below the knee. The measurement below the knee was a big difference.
Ah, well, that I know nothing about - my length thing is resulting from bone problems in youth. But good luck with your babe!
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My neice has similar problems, although hers were much worse than what you're describing. She's had multiple surgeries, spent 3 months in a brace, but I must say, she took it all in stride and she's doing great now. She had severe club foot but also one of her legs has always been skinnier than the other, from the calf down, and she had problems with muscle tone and mobility. Chiropractic and physical therapy helped her tremendously - she can do everything the other kids can do now. She just has to continue with the exercises, and she'll probably always have to keep up with that, but like I said she's really doing great - she's 10 now.

Glad you got the referral to the ortho - please let us know how that goes.

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mollyeilis, I am a chiropractor too!

So, naturally, I would agree with mollyeilis that a visit to the chiropractor would be a good course of action. I had to jump in to second all that she has said about subluxation causing a leg length inequality as well as a possible muscular/circumference issue.

Best of luck with this! Please keep us posted.
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