“Comparison between the effectiveness of Mechanical and Manual Traction combined with mobilization and exercise therapy in Patients with Cervical Radiculopathy.” A randomized control trial was conducted at the department of physical therapy and rehabilitation, Rathore Hospital Faisalabad, from February to July 2015.
Although both manual therapy, and mechanical traction techniques are widely used, this randomized trial published February 2016 in the Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences concludes; patients suffering from cervical radiculopathy treated with mechanical intermittent traction, segmental mobilization, and exercise will manage pain and disability more effectively than those treated with manual traction, segmental mobilization, and exercise.
Manual Traction vs Mechanical (Intermittent Traction)
There is evidence to support the conclusion that manual traction is less effective in relieving patient pain and discomfort associated with cervical radiculopathy. By adding mechanical intermittent traction to exercise, and segmental mobilization, you may provide better pain relief and lower the neck disability for your patients. Consider a care plan that includes Mechanical Intermittent Traction for patients suffering from cervical radiculopathy.