A 38-year-old member asked:
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what is lumbar traction?

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
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
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Dr. Justin Esterberg
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
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Dr. Robert Masson
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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Dr. Chintan Sampat
17 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Depends: There are many different ways to apply traction to the lumbar spine. Some include manual techniques (people pulling on you), big machines, or simple h ... Read More
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Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Low back pain: The best lumbar traction device is the one that works for you. Many companies will offer a 30 day trial. Usually 10-15 minutes in the morning and in t ... Read More
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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
54 years experience Psychiatry
There are several: There are several devices on the market. I don't know of any "one" device which is the best. The results of treatment with these devices is hard to me ... Read More
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Dr. Myra Skluth
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Traction helps: Lumbar traction is helpful for acute back pain. It has no side effects.

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