Lumbar Traction, Osteoarthritis

ComforTrac Lumbar Traction

Lumbar Traction Protocols

OSTEOARTHRITIS – LUMBAR SPINE

Lumbar traction may benefit patients with osteoarthritis by promoting increased movement of the lumbar spine and decreased pressure on the facet joints. Be sure that the lumbar spine has been cleared for any of the contraindications mentioned within the General Guidelines section. Traction may also be more beneficial when used with other modalities such as cold, heat, ultrasound, etc.

SUGGESTED SETTINGS

GENERAL:
Tension: 40 – 70 pounds (may be increased up to 40%-50% of body weight)
Tension type: Sustained tension
Treatment Time: 10-15 minutes
Position: Supine

VARIATIONS:
Intermittent tension setting: 2:1 up to 4:1 ratio of tension to rest (e.g. 2-4 minutes on, 1 minute rest)
Position: Prone (patient must have someone to assist them when getting into and
out of the traction device)

SESSIONS PER DAY: 1-3