Lateral Traction

Lateral traction

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Lateral traction

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What is Lateral Traction?

Lateral traction is a treatment technique in which weight is used to move a body part to the side or away from its original location. For example, it can be used to move an arm or leg out of place and back into place, or it can be used to move a rib that’s been dislocated back into place.

It’s usually used to help relieve pain caused by injury or strain and can also be used to help relieve tension headaches by releasing muscle tension along the neck and back.

What is Lateral Traction used for?

Lateral traction is a form of physical therapy that uses manual traction to treat conditions such as muscle spasms, herniated discs, and pinched nerves. The therapist will use the patient’s body weight to apply pressure to the affected area and stretch it out.

How does Lateral Traction work?

Lateral traction is a method of stretching and strengthening your lower back, hips and thighs. Lateral traction is a safe, non-invasive way to improve mobility in your spine.

The process involves lying on your side with the top leg bent at 90 degrees. The bottom leg is straight and the knee of the top leg is locked straight up against the wall. The therapist uses just enough pressure to increase the stretch in your lower back muscles while keeping your pelvis stable.

The therapist will then move you into different positions to stretch other areas of your body like your glutes and hamstrings.

Are there any side effects of Lateral Traction?

Lateral traction does not have any side effects that are generally considered dangerous or harmful. However, the use of any sort of traction can cause some minor discomfort at first as your body adjusts to the new position. If you notice any other symptoms during or after treatment, contact your doctor immediately.

The most common side effect is mild to moderate pain in the area being treated. This is usually temporary, and if you experience this type of pain we recommend taking over-the-counter pain medication to manage it.

Other possible side effects include mild swelling, redness or bruising around the area being treated. These are also temporary and will go away within a few days after your session is complete.

Who can benefit from lateral Traction?

Lateral traction is a form of physical therapy used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Sports injuries
  • Musculoskeletal pain and stiffness
  • Tendonitis or bursitis in the knee, hip, or shoulder
  • Chronic knee pain (patellofemoral syndrome)
  • There are many people, who can benefit from lateral traction, including:
  • People with knee pain that makes it hard to walk or run
  • People with lower back pain that makes it hard to stand for long periods of time
  • People with hip pain that makes it hard to squat or lunge

What does lateral Traction feel like?

Lateral traction is a specialized form of traction that uses weights to apply pressure to your back in a way that helps to decompress the spine.

You’ll lie on a table, and your doctor will use weights to apply pressure to your back. The weight may feel like it’s pushing you down into the table, but it’s actually lifting your spine up so that it’s in an extended position. This helps relieve pressure on your vertebrae and nerves.

Is Lateral Traction safe?

Lateral Traction is safe for anyone, including those with a history of injuries.

We’ve found that Lateral Traction has helped people get back in the game after injuries ranging from sprained ankles to torn ACLs, so we’re confident that it works!

What conditions can be Treated with Lateral Traction?

Lateral traction is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Back pain (lumbar or cervical)
  • Low back pain due to disc herniation
  • Lumbar disc protrusion causing sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tailbone pain (coccydynia)

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