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

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