Intermittent Cervical Traction and Thoracic Manipulation

Intermittent Cervical Traction and Thoracic Manipulation
By Browder DA, Erhard RE, Piva SR

Summary: Seven women with neck pain, 35 to 45 years of age, were identified as having signs and symptoms consistent with grade 1 cervical compressive myelopathy. Symptom duration ranged from less than 1 week to 52 weeks. All patients were treated with intermittent cervical traction and thoracic manipulation for a median of 9 sessions over a median of 56 days.

Conclusion: Intermittent cervical traction and manipulation of the thoracic spine seem useful for the reduction of pain scores and level of disability in patients with mild cervical compressive myelopathy attributed to herniated disc.