Lumbar Traction, Radiculopathy

ComforTrac Lumbar Traction

Lumbar Traction Protocols

RADICULOPATHY / LUMBAR RADICULOPATHY

Lumbar traction effectively reduces radiculopathy resulting from impingement of lumbar nerve roots.  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