View Full Version : Post-op difference in leg length or hip height

11-07-2005, 03:12 PM
Has anyone else noticed a difference in the way you walk many months after surgery? I'm now 9 months post-op and have noticed that when I step on my right foot, I step up a bit. When I step on my left, I step down a bit. My right hip was always higher than my left before surgery and now they are almost even, so I think that it was lowered with my surgery.

I know that most people without scoliosis have a slight difference to the height of each leg, but this feels really noticable to me and it just started feeeling this way. In fact, I've noticed that sub-consiously, I've begun dragging my feet as I walk to avoid the limping. I'm wondering if my body just compensated for the scoliosis before and now that it's corrected, I'm noticing the difference?


11-07-2005, 08:25 PM
I think you probably hit the nail on the head. I have a leg length discrepancy with on ehip also higher than other. I feel like I walk "normal" although most others see that I walk with a hip. I also have problems that stem from the compensation. (One leg (the longer one) doesn't fully extend when walking/standing, resulting in some muscle strength diffeerences. I am expecting this to be different post op, as my body adjusts to it's new position things will feel weird, even though they are "better" - it's like learning to walk again!

Karen Ocker
11-08-2005, 08:20 PM
A visit with your doctor can discover if your legs are different lengths; mine aren't. For a long time I noticed my walking felt different when my hips were even because the muscles were arranged differently with a straighter spine.

It took awhile for everything to normalize. Now I walk 3 miles, at a time, up and down steep hills with no problem.


11-09-2005, 02:48 PM
Thanks Karen...glad to know I'm not totally losing my mind :)

I have an appt. with my PCP on Monday. I'll have them measure me to see what they find.