Apparent Leg Length/Iliac Crest Asymmetry in Standing

by admin on July 31, 2012

You know how I love to pass along quick easy screens to everyone. Try this one in the clinic tomorrow. Assess your patient’s crest height in standing with feet together. If you notice any asymmetry, reassess with feet apart. If the crests level out with the feet apart then the likely cause would be a tight hip abductor on the initial lower (not higher) side. In the coronal plane, a tight abductor would laterally approximate a mobile iliac crest on a fixed lower extremity when the feet are together.

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Renee lemieux August 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Hi Mark,

Thank you for reminding me about this test. It is a very useful one.

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admin August 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Your welcome Renee. Looking forward to sharing it with the students this Fall.

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Stewart Hope December 16, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Nice and simple. Your tips are helpful and I am enjoying reviewing the videos you made on youtube.

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