cervical traction


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cervical traction

Orthopedics A type of continuous or intermittent traction in which a head halter with weights is worn by the Pt to maintain proper alignment of a fracture of the cervical spine. See Traction.
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cervical traction

Traction applied to the cervical spine by applying a force to lift the head or a mobilization technique to distract individual joints of the vertebrae. The reaction can be done manually or by a traction device. It is frequently used to relieve pain caused by a herniated disc.
See: Crutchfield tongs
See also: traction
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Key Words: Cervical traction, Cervical spine, Reduction, Neurological improvement.INTRODUCTION
This system has been shown to be at least as effective as other cervical traction systems, and possibly even superior.
The conservative management includes immobilization by cervical collar, Pharmacotherapy by using Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, Physical therapy and manipulation and cervical traction. Home unit's cervical traction may reduce symptoms of cervical radiculopathy.7 Cervical traction can be applied in either supine position 8,9 or by placing a patient in a halo vest in sitting position.10,11 The mode of cervical traction can be either continuous or intermittent.12
Comparison between the effects of Chuna manipulation therapy and cervical traction treatment on pain in patients with herniated cervical disc: a randomized clinical pilot trial.
Prolonged preoperative cervical traction in bed was applied first in order to obtain the local stability through soft tissue healing around the injured level, because anterior surgery destroyed the anterior stabilizers, and at that time the anterior cervical plate and halo skeletal fixator were not available in Korea.
The patient was admitted to the intensive care unit after surgery and placed on a rotating bed with ten pounds of cervical traction. The intensive care nurses carefully monitored the irrigation system and assured that the hourly input and output of the system were equal.
The objective was to investigate the effectiveness of cervical traction along with exercise for targeted subgroups of patients with neck pain.
However, a case series of patients treated specifically for cervical radiculopathy found that 10 of 11 patients who underwent physical therapy (including manual therapy, cervical traction, and strengthening exercises) were improved--defined as a self-report of being "quite a bit better"--at 6-month follow-up.
For example, Browder and collegues (5) recently reported using intermittent cervical traction and manipulation of the thoracic spine, to manage 7 (acute and chronic) cervical pain patients with grade 1 cervical compressive myelopathy attributed to a herniated disc; treatment showed benefit with no adverse events.