Traction Therapy for Back Pain in Waterford, MI
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain can range from a mild and constant ache to a throbbing pain, to sharp pain radiating down the legs. It can develop gradually over time or come on suddenly as a result of an injury. It has the ability to make even the smallest and most ordinary functions of daily life agonizing.
The complex system of muscles, bones, nerves, discs, and tendons supporting spinal cord function often make the cause of back pain hard to diagnose. It may increase with age and may be exacerbated by overweight and poor physical fitness.
Physical conditions such as arthritis or cancer, or hereditary diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis, may be a contributing factor.
So may lifestyle choices such as smoking, which may rob the spinal system of key nutrients.
Nonetheless, traction therapy for back pain can aid in treating this debilitating condition.
Traction Therapy for Back Pain
Traction therapy for back pain involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or other motorized device, to relieve back pain.
The goals of traction therapy for back pain are twofold: to create a negative intradiscal pressure that will promote retraction or repositioning of bulging or herniated disc material, and to achieve an optimal pressure within the disc to maximize the influx of healing nutrients and other beneficial substances.
In traction therapy for back pain, the spine is stretched and relaxed intermittently in a controlled manner. A harness is placed around the patient’s hips; the upper part of the table remains fixed, while the lower part of the table, to which the harness is attached, moves to create the stretching and relaxing effect.
The patient does not feel any pain as a result of the treatment—just a mild stretch sensation. Depending on the patient’s needs, the traction therapy for back pain may be enhanced by ultrasound, electric stimulation, or hot and cold therapies.
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