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What is Cervical Traction?

By February 27, 2013

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If you have ever had neck pain, perhaps you have attended physical therapy to help treat the problem. Symptoms from your neck include pain in the center or side of your neck, shoulder blade pain, headache, or pain down your arm. You may also notice numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm or hand.

The main goal of physical therapy in the treatment of your neck pain includes decreasing the pain, improving functional activity, and ensuring that you have a self-care strategy to treat the problem and prevent future problems with your neck.

Your physical therapist may use many different treatments and modalities to help treat your condition. These may include heat, ice, ultrasound, TENS, or massage. While passive treatments may feel good, it is important to remember that you must be active in your treatment of neck pain. Your physical therapist should advise you about your condition, and exercises specifically geared to your situation should be prescribed.

One treatment for neck pain and associated problems is cervical traction. Cervical traction is used to help separate the joint surfaces and disc spaces in the neck. Traction can be provided with a mechanical traction unit in the clinic or an over-the-door traction device. Your physical therapist may also use his or her hands to provide manual cervical traction.

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