Does unequal leg length cause back pain? A case-control study

Lancet. 1984 Aug 4;2(8397):256-8. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(84)90300-3.


In a case-control study, in which a specially designed questionnaire and a "locating jig" were used to investigate the association between difference in lower limb length and other disproportion at or around the sacroiliac joints and the existence of chronic low back pain, no association was found. Chronic back pain is thus unlikely to be part of the short-leg syndrome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anthropometry
  • Back Pain / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leg / pathology
  • Leg Length Inequality / complications*
  • Leg Length Inequality / pathology
  • Male
  • Spine / pathology