Spinal Traction

 

Spinal traction, when combined with injections and exercise programs designed to restore flexibility and muscle tone can be effective in more than 50% of back pain patients.

Spinal traction is a very old technique, dating back to at least the time of Ancient Greece that can provide symptomatic treatment for back and neck pain. A number of spinal conditions including disc bulges, protrusions and herniations as well facet joint subluxations can be treated. Traction along the axis of the spine causes negative pressure within the disc and causes the protruding part of the disc to be drawn back in. When used in conjunction with physical therapy and exercise programs to restore flexibility and muscle tone conservative therapy can be effective in up to 50% of cases of radicular back. Acute facet joint subluxations can often be reduced with a single treatment.

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