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Traction    Traction

Traction is application of mechanical or manual force to separate joint surfaces. Traction I utilized by 80.6% of chiropractors (1).

(1) Christensen M. Job Analysis of Chirpractic. Greeley, Co: National Board of Chiropractic Examiners; 2005.

Literature Reviews

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy: A Review of the Literature

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy: A Review of the Literature

Dwain M. Daniel, D.C.;

Traction as a therapeutic intervention in the treatment of low back pain has existed for many years. Its use has progressed from simple static traction to intermittent motorized traction. A recent systematic review found only seven randomized controlled trials for intermittent motorized traction and six reported no difference between the traction groups and the control groups. The most recent incarnation of traction has been a form of intermittent motorized traction commonly referred to as spinal decompression therapy. Developers and manufacturers of the equipment and often physicians as well consider it to be a unique form of traction.

Parker College of Chiropractic Research Institute

 |  Published On
June 1, 2007

Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Information

MeSH Term: Traction

Scope Note: The pull on a limb or a part thereof. Skin traction (indirect traction) is applied by using a bandage to pull on the skin and fascia where light traction is required. Skeletal traction (direct traction), however, uses pins or wires inserted through bone and is attached to weights, pulleys, and ropes. (From Blauvelt and Nelson, A Manual of Orthopaedic Terminology, 5th ed)

MeSH Synonyms:
  • Traction
  • Tractions
Applicable MeSH Subheadings:
  • adverse effects
  • classification
  • economics
  • education
  • epidemiology
  • history
  • instrumentation
  • methods
  • mortality
  • nursing
  • organization and administration
  • pharmacology
  • psychology
  • rehabilitation
  • standards
  • statistics and numerical data
  • therapeutic use
  • therapy
  • trends
  • utilization
  • veterinary

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