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Limb Length Inequality Treatment

Limb length inequality occurs when one leg or arm is shorter than the other. This condition can be caused by trauma to a growth plate while a child is still growing or from a fracture, genetic condition, infection or syndrome. A certain amount of limb length inequality is normal among the general population, but those with a greater difference may require treatment.

Limb Length Inequality: What You Need to Know

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  • Because arm length inequality doesn’t usually affect limb function, patients are often only treated if they have leg length inequality that is noticeable or affecting patients’ quality of life.
  • Limb length inequality can be diagnosed through a physical exam and X-rays.
  • Nonoperative and surgical treatment options are available to treat limb length inequality based on the amount of difference between the limbs and how much growing the child has left to do.

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Why Choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of limb length inequality?

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Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage your child's limb length inequality.

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Dr. Jay Lee, orthopaedic surgeon

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Sparing the Growth Plate in ACL Reconstruction

Pediatric orthopaedic surgeon R. Jay Lee utilizes innovative technology to minimize the disturbance to the growth plate during ACL reconstruction in young patients —limiting the likelihood of complications like limb length inequality.

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