Cervical Traction, Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Comfortrac Cervical Traction

ComforTrac Cervical Traction

Cervical Traction Protocols


Degenerative disc disease (DDD) often leads to radiculopathy and cervical pain. Cervical traction alleviates pressure on the diseased discs to promote decreased pressure on peripheral nerve roots and enhance nutrient delivery to the disc. Be sure that 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.


Tension: 10 – 30 pounds (may be increased up to 7-10% of patient body weight)
Tension type: Sustained tension Treatment Time: 10-15 minutes

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)



Degenerative Cervical Spine Disorders by Spine Universe
At one time or another, most people have experienced neck pain. In the vast majority of cases, this is a benign, self-limited complaint. Symptoms are commonly described as a soreness or stiffness of the neck, which may or may not be associated with a minor injury. Patients often attribute this to a “cold wind” or “sleeping wrong” that may or may not be a factor. Most commonly, degenerative disorders of the spine are responsible. Degenerative “disease” is the changes associated with spinal wear and tear or age. Though among the most frequent causes of neck pain, it is the sometimes the most difficult to treat.. more


Cervical Disc Disease by eMedicine from WebMD
Cervical disc disorders encountered in physiatric practice include herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP), degenerative disc disease (DDD), and internal disc disruption (IDD). HNP implies extension of disc material beyond the posterior margin of the vertebral body. Most of the herniation is made up of the annulus fibrosus. DDD involves degenerative annular tears, loss of disc height, and nuclear degradation. IDD describes annular fissuring of the disc without external disc deformation. Cervical radiculopathy can result from nerve root injury in the presence of disc herniation or stenosis, most commonly foraminal stenosis, leading to sensory, motor, or reflex abnormalities in the affected nerve root distribution. more


Bye-Bye Neck Pain: Treating Cervical Disc Disease by WebMD

One technique used by physical therapist and chiropractors to provide pain relief and improve motion is cervical traction. Traction gently extends the neck opening the spaces between the cervical vertebrae and temporarily alleviating pressure on the affected discs. Neck traction can either be done continuously or intermittently, alternating between short periods of pulling and resting. more