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I suffer from severe pain due to a bulging disk. Will traction treat and push the disk back into place?
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It can
You certainly can try that and putting the muscles on balance may help the spasm, decrease the swelling and may allow it to retract.

In brief: It can
You certainly can try that and putting the muscles on balance may help the spasm, decrease the swelling and may allow it to retract.
Dr. John Goldman
Dr. John Goldman
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Depends on severity, traction is certainly not for everyone.
Dr. Bettina Herbert
The disc didn't just bulge for no reason. Best to work with good physical therapists, osteopathic physicians who use manual medicine and other professionals to see what overuse, previous injuries (sports, heavy physical work), ergonomic (how you sit, maybe use a computer, etc) or being a bit out of shape may have contributed. While the disc may never completely go "back into place" you will be able to manage your back or neck, keep the spine in better alignment overall, keep your core strong and recognize the early warning signs of an impending episode. Other bodywork therapies such as Feldenkrais, Alexander method, rolfing (can be a bit painful), Hellerwork and more may be very useful. Acupuncture may also help.
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