Changes in pain and disability secondary to shoe lift intervention in subjects with limb length inequality and chronic low back pain: a preliminary report.

Golightly YM, Tate JJ, Burns CB, Gross MT

The objective of this study was to determine the changes in pain and disability secondary to shoe lift intervention for subjects with chronic low back pain (LBP) who have a limb length inequality (LLI). Visual analog scale pain ratings and disability questionnaire scores were acquired before and after lift intervention in 12 subjects with LLI and chronic LBP. Subjects experienced relief of general pain symptoms and pain associated with standing following lift intervention and had less disability on the disability questionnaire.  The authors conclude that shoe lifts may reduce LBP and improve function for patients who have chronic LBP and an LLI.

Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 2007, 37(7), 380-8

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