The Dangers of Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing paints partial pictures.

With that dramatic alliteration, sit down dear reader as we take a page from Ms. Frizzle’s book into a world where anatomy physiology and paraphrasing inaccuracies collide.

“…people have leg length discrepancies that are permanent, and a lot of people have temporary leg length discrepancies either due to tight hamstrings, quads, lower back, or a weak core.

In some instances, leg length differences are due to a structural problem like scoliosis. Amazingly, many people with this type of condition who exercise have managed to make it work without any major problems.”

Dr. Plunk, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Why is the above quote so interesting?

Well, “One leg is shorter then the other” is likely a phrase you’ve heard before.

Although it has the potential to be accurate, we often use this phrase to inaccurately diagnose the cause of leg length discrepancy.

In the article “The Myth of Unequal Leg Length” the cause of leg length discrepancy is argued to be predominantly caused by having one dominant side of your body, the leg you tend to put most of your weight on, the leg you always kick from, etc. leads to being chronically tight on one side and laterally tilts your pelvis.

How many other pieces of health advice or explanations for root causes been paraphrased?

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