A 38-year-old member asked:
what is lumbar traction?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Byron Law-Yone answered
54 years experience Psychiatry
A type of treatment: Treatment for back problems where there is traction on your spine to "open up" the spaces between you vertebra and loosen the pressure on trapped nerves and restore disc integrity.
Answered on Mar 27, 2014
Dr. Justin Esterberg answered
23 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Pull: Literally means pulling on your spine in a way to temporarily lengthen your spine. There are several tables/ machines that do this, inversion tables allow gravity to do the work of pulling. Many people with low back or nerve pain related to back conditions find traction helpful at least temporarily.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Robert Masson answered
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Expands foramen: When a disc collapses the roof and the floor of the the space the nerve travels through collapses. Traction is a treatment that pulls the roof and floor apart, expanding and unpinching the nerve, it is temporary, but sometimes helps the nerve inflammation and irritability improve.
Answered on Nov 20, 2013
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