Cervical Traction, Radiculopathy

Comfortrac Cervical Traction

ComforTrac Cervical Traction

Cervical Traction Protocols


Cervical traction effectively reduces radiculopathy resulting from impingement of cervical nerve roots.  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)



Cervical Radiculopathy by eMedicine
Cervical Cervical radiculopathy is a dysfunction of a nerve root of the cervical spine. The seventh (C7; 60%) and sixth (C6; 25%) cervical nerve roots are the most commonly affected.In the younger population, cervical radiculopathy is a result of a disc herniation or an acute injury causing foraminal impingement of an exiting nerve. Disc herniation accounts for 20-25% of the cases of cervical radiculopathy. In the older patient, cervical radiculopathy is often a result of foraminal narrowing from osteophyte formation, decreased disc height, degenerative changes of the uncovertebral joints anteriorly and of the facet joints posteriorly. more

Cervical Radiculopathy by AAOS
Usually, when something hurts, you do not have to look far to find the source of the pain. But an injury near the root of a nerve can result in pain at the end of the nerve where sensation is felt. For example, an injury to the vertebrae or disks in your neck (cervical vertebrae) can result in pain, numbness, or weakness in your shoulder, arm, wrist, or hand because the nerves that extend out from between the cervical vertebrae provide sensation and trigger movement in these areas. This condition is called cervical radiculopathy. more


Cervical Radiculopathy by the Cleveland Clinic

Cervical radiculopathy is the damage or disturbance of nerve function that results if one of the nerve roots near these vertebrae is compressed. Damage to nerve roots in the cervical area can cause pain and the loss of sensation in various upper extremities (such as the arm), depending on where the damaged roots are located. more