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Traction for nerve impingement?

Can a treatment relegated to the past make a difference to the structures of the spine in cases of 'sciatica'?

A randomised trial on the benefits of lumber traction was carried out on patients waiting for surgery in cases of disco-genic disease.

All were recieving physiotherapy but traction was given to 12 out of 24 patients over a period of six weeks. At the end of the six weeks it was fouind that 10 out of the 12 receiving traction no longer needed surgery. It is of sufficient significance to warrent a larger trial.

This could well concur with Pressure Change Therapy promoted by Sarah Key which aids a restoration of disc height.