Mechanical traction has been a part of physical therapy interventions for neck and back pain since the 1940s when James Cyriax introduced this modality. It is still in common use today – a recent survey found that approximately 60% of orthopedic physical therapists use mechanical traction to treat neck and back pain. But what does the evidence say about its effectiveness?
This course will look at the best and most recent research regarding the effectiveness of mechanical traction for neck and back pain. The main focus will be on identifying the subgroup of patients that have been shown to benefit from its use. Objective findings and special tests to help clinicians determine how and when mechanical traction might help them get their patients better are presented.
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- Cervical spine anatomy
- Signs/symptoms cervical radiculopathy
- Neuro exam for cervical radiculopathy
- Special tests to diagnosis cervical radiculopathy
- Clinical predication rule for cervical disc herniation
- Evidence to support use of cervical traction
- Anatomy of the lumbar spine
- Neuro exam for the lumbar nerve roots
- Special tests for lumbar radiculopathy
- Predicting success with mechanical traction for lumbar radiculopathy
- Summarize evidence to support use of lumbar traction for lumbar radiculopathy
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on use of mechanical traction in clinical practice for neck and low back pain.
- Identify relevant anatomy of the cervical spine
- Recognize neuro tests for cervical radiculopathy and special tests to diagnosis cervical disc herniation
- List elements of clinical prediction rule to determine who would from cervical traction
- List evidence to support use of cervical traction for cervical radiculopathy
- Identify relevant anatomy of the lumbar spine
- List elements of neuro exam for lumbar spine and special tests for lumbar radiculopathy
- Identify unloading tests for the lumbar spine to determine if mechanical traction might be beneficial
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Contact Hours: 2 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
Financial – Lorie Schleck is employed by Interim Home Care and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service