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If you applied enough traction force in spinal decompression therapy to a healthy, overly hydrated disc, can it tear apart w/ repeated traction?

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Dr. Xin-Nong Li answered

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Traction therapy only gently release pressure in the spine, let the herniated disc to return to its position. It will not cause tear of the disc.

Answered Jan 5, 2019

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Dr. David Lundin answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

No more than 10 pounds should be applied to the spine for cervical traction.

Answered Jan 5, 2019

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Dr. Nathaniel Brooks answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

No, the force needed to disrupt or tear a disk is significantly higher than the muscles around your spine could tolerate. If traction could impart that much force your muscles would be injured first.

Answered Aug 25, 2016

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