What is Spinal traction?

Category: Physical Therapy

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Generic name: Physical Therapy

Spinal Traction is constant or intermittent pulling force applied to the spine to gradually stretch the spine. Traction stretches muscles and ligaments and increases the space between the vertebrae.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Degenerative disc disease 4 1
Osteoarthritis 2 2
Diagnostic assessment 1 0
Myofascial pain syndrome 1 0
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 1 1
Numbness in hands 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Spinal traction

Side effect Patients
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Spinal traction

Dosage Patients
30 min weekly 1
40 min weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Spinal traction

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Expense 2
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 7 patients who've stopped going to Spinal traction

Duration

Currently going to Spinal traction

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped going to Spinal traction

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 1
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 3
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1 patient evaluation for Spinal traction

Apr 22, 2012 (Started Jan 18, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 min Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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