Who Benefits From Traction? ...Finally a Good Study!
Finally, here we have an RCT that identifies a subgroup of patients who are most likely to respond positively to lumbar traction.
The following variables were associated with better outcomes with mechanical traction treatment:
i) Leg symptoms below the knee
ii) Signs of nerve root compression
iii) Peripheralization during lumbar extension movements
iv) +ve Crossed straight leg raise test (i.e. pain down the symptomatic leg while raising the asymptomatic contra-lateral leg
Posted on: December 03, 2009
Categories: Lumbar Spine , Modalities / Meds / Supplements