Recent cervical traction research points to the effectiveness of mechanical intermittent traction for patients with cervical radiculopathy. If you are looking for conservative, non-systemic option for pain vs. surgical intervention, adding mechanical intermittent traction to your care plan may be an effective measure:
Policy and protocol are driving a more conservative approach to treating patients for cervical (neck) pain. Surgical interventions are being viewed as a last resort plan of care. More invasive, costly hospital readmittance, and risk of infection are just a few of the potential adverse impacts of surgery. All of which drive cost of care upward. Research shows, there are non-operative treatments that can be efficacious. A care plan that includes mechanical intermittent traction is a good option. Patients can experience faster recovery times, become active faster, with lower pain levels.
Manual therapy is a common treatment for patients suffering from the symptoms of radiculopathy. Despite the treatment’s popularity, a study from the US National Library of Medicine says there is low evidence to support the long-term effectiveness of manual therapy for cervical radiculopathy. It might provide patients with pain relief, but the results are temporary and short term.
Recent cervical traction research (2014) shows mechanical intermittent traction, combined with exercise, is effective for patients with cervical radiculopathy, and they experienced lower disability and pain levels in long term follow ups. Mechanical intermittent traction should be strongly considered as a core treatment option.
Your patients deserve interventions that provide significant, long-lasting pain relief.