Cervical Traction, Acute Cervical Pain

Comfortrac Cervical Traction

ComforTrac Cervical Traction

Cervical Traction Protocols

ACUTE CERVICAL PAIN

Cervical traction may be used for acute cervical pain as long as the cervical spine has been cleared for any of the Recommended for Use information mentioned within the General Guidelines section. Traction may also be more beneficial when used with other modalities such as cold, heat, ultrasound, etc. to reduce pain. Initially, apply tension only up to patient tolerance as aggressive stretching of the cervical spine may create muscular spasm and pain in this condition.

SUGGESTED SETTINGS

GENERAL:
Tension: 10 – 20 pounds*
Tension type: Sustained tension
Treatment Time: 10-15 minutes

VARIATIONS:
Upper cervical region = 10 degrees flexion (slide stand in upper most position)
Middle cervical region = 15 degrees flexion (slide stand in middle position)
Lower cervical region = 20 degrees flexion (slide stand in lower most position)
Intermittent tension setting: 2:1 up to 4:1 ratio of tension to rest (e.g. 2-4 minutes on, 1 minute rest)

SESSIONS PER DAY: 1-3


RELATED RESEARCH

 

Cervical Pain: Description and Diagnosis by Spine Universe
The cervical spine is a marvelous and complex structure. It is capable of supporting a head weighing 15 or more pounds while moving in several directions. No other region of the spine has such freedom of movement. This combination however, complexity and mobility, make the neck susceptible to pain and injury. This complex structure includes 7 small vertebrae, intervertebral discs to absorb shock, joints, the spinal cord, 8 nerve roots, vascular elements, 32 muscles, and ligaments. more

 

Neck Pain, by MedicineNet.com
Pain located in the neck is a common medical condition. Neck pain can come from a number of disorders and diseases of any tissues in the neck, such as degenerative disc disease, neck strain, whiplash, a herniated disc, or a pinched nerve. Neck pain is also referred to as cervical pain.more