Traction refers to the practice of slowly and gently pulling on a fractured or dislocated body part and to guide the body part back into place and hold it steady. During Cervical Traction, an Orthopaedic/General Physician places a metal brace around the neck and the brace is then attached to a body harness or weights, which are used to help correct the affected area. In most of the cases, Cervical Traction Therapy is performed using a general anesthetic so the patient can sleep throughout the procedure.
Although Cervical Traction for Neck Pain can last from a few minutes to 30 minutes, once or twice weekly to several times per day, Cervical Traction can be used in two different situations. First, it may be done to gently stretch the neck muscles so muscle spasm can be relieved and secondly, it may also be performed to immobilize the spine after a neck injury.
The first few days after Cervical Traction is performed can be difficult since the muscles are often weak due to spending a lot of time in bed after Cervical Traction. Whilst walking may be challenging and tiring, however, it is imperative to stick with a rehabilitation program so that the process of recovery speeds up.
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