traction therapy florence sc

Traction Therapy

Traction is a form of decompression therapy that we are happy to offer at our physical therapy practice. Traction helps to relieve pressure on the spine and alleviate pain from joints, sprains, and spasms. It can assist in treating herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease or pinched nerves. Traction can be performed by skilled physical therapy practitioners and/or through the use of mechanical units. If your back is bothering you, contact us today to find out if traction could benefit you!

 

Lower back pain and neck pain are two of the most commonly reported forms of pain in the US and around the world. Collectively, they are a major cause of medical expenses, work absenteeism, and disability. Traction may be instrumental in helping you get some much-needed relief and get back to comfortably living your daily life.

 

What are the types of traction?

 

Mechanical Traction

The specialized treatment technique of mechanical traction uses a machine or device that works by gently stretching the spinal vertebrae and muscles, creating a little more space between each of the joints in your spine and allowing for pain relief.

 

Manual Traction

Manual traction is performed by our physical therapy practitioners and involves using the therapist’s hands to manually stretch the spinal vertebrae and muscles in a gentle way that is well tolerated by the patient. The effect is similar to mechanical traction, in that the goal is gently create a little more space between the joints in your spine to help with pain relief.

 

How does traction work?

 

Traction relieves pressure on the spine and alleviates pain. Cervical traction and lumbar traction are similar, but they have a couple of key differences: with cervical traction, a gentle force is used to gently stretch or pull the head away from the neck. With lumbar traction, a gentle force is used to gently gap the pelvis from the lower back. Both of these methods are useful in manipulating the spine and providing relief.

 

There are a number of different traction protocols that may work to help you resolve your pain. In particular, if you have pain that radiates from your neck into your shoulder or arm or pain that radiates from your back down into your leg or even both legs, you may be a good candidate for traction.

 

If your back or neck has been bothering you, don’t hesitate to contact ProMotion Rehab and Sports Medicine in Florence & Lake City, SC today. One of our highly trained physical therapists will design a personalized treatment plan for your specific needs. Don’t live with LBP – manual traction can help get you moving.