Traction is a safe procedure with therapeutic value for most spine-related pain. The technique is designed to reduce pressure on affected vertebral discs. ‘Stretching’ of the spine reduces pressure on the discs and ultimately reduces most of the patient’s pain. Let’s start your recovery!
How does traction help?
Discs in the spine have a tough outer layer wrapped around soft inner tissue. When a disc is under pressure or damaged, the soft inside protrudes through the outer cover. This protrusion compresses most of the nerves causing pain. Traction pulls the vertebra and releases the pressure on the disc.
What Does Traction Cure
Traction guides an affected body part back into place and holds it steady. Traction may be used to:
- stabilize and realign bone fractures, such as a broken arm or leg
- help reduce the pain of a fracture before surgery
- treat bone deformities caused by certain conditions, such as scoliosis
- correct stiff and constricted muscles, joints, tendons, or skin
- stretch the neck and prevent painful muscle spasms