“Leg-length difference and scoliosis may be more often of reversible nature than previously considered,” say the authors of a new study.

The analysis included 150 consecutive neurologic patients referred to a physiatrist with symptoms “not explained by their neurologic diagnosis.”

“We observed pelvic asymmetry associated with either C-type or S-type scoliosis and apparent leg-length difference in 87% of the patients,” explain the researchers.

“Symmetry could be reestablished by all patients, although 15% showed immediate or imminent relapse. Maintenance of symmetry showed a highly significant . . . correlation with improvement in functional ability and reduction of pain as evaluated during the last visit to the physiatrist. In the follow-up questionnaire, 78% of the patients reported improvement in functional ability and reduced pain.”

“Acquired postural asymmetry of the sacroiliac joint may be a neglected cause of several neurologic and other pain-related symptoms that can be relieved by a simple and safe treatment.”

JMPT – September 2006;29:561-5.

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