Spinal decompression or traction is utilized to treat a variety of mostly chronic lower back and neck disorders. The decompression/traction unit is designed to create a traction force along the long axis of the spine resulting in decompression of certain pre-determined levels of the spine.
Decompression/traction may be used to treat the following:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Sciatica or other nerve entrapments
- Disc herniation
- Disc protrusion
- Degenerative disc disease
- Osteoarthritis of the spine
- Spinal stenosis
- Decreased range of motion in the neck or low back
- Pain, numbness, tingling, pins and needles in the arms or legs
On your initial visit your physiotherapist will thoroughly assess you and determine whether spinal decompression/traction is suitable for you. Along with a specific spinal assessment your physiotherapist will also assess your core and other areas that may be relevant to your symptoms. If spinal decompression / traction is deemed appropriate, your treatment will also include education, core and postural exercises, as well as home exercises.
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