II. Indications

III. Contraindications

  1. Acute muscular pain has resolved
  2. Myelopathy

IV. Mechanism

  1. Distracts the neural foramen and decompresses the affected nerve

V. Technique: Home Cervical Traction

  1. Chin and occiput straps
    1. Pressure equally distributed
    2. Straps suspended from ceiling
    3. Straps exert upward pull
  2. Approach
    1. Neck flexion at 24 degrees
    2. Weight
      1. Starting: 4-6 pounds
      2. Typical: 8-12 pounds
    3. Duration: 15-20 minutes (up to 30 minutes)
    4. Perform 2-3 times per day

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Ontology: Cervical traction (procedure) (C0556664)

Concepts Therapeutic or Preventive Procedure (T061)
SnomedCT 229316007
English Cervical traction (procedure), cervical traction, CT - Cervical traction, Cervical traction
Spanish tracción cervical (procedimiento), tracción cervical