The Mayo Clinic estimates that a staggering 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their life. In fact, the cost of treating spinal dysfunction has grown to $50 billion annually. As a result, patients, clinicians and third-party payers are now demanding less invasive, less expensive, non-pharmacological solutions to back pain.
Hands-on traction is one of the oldest forms of physical medicine and remains widely used today. However, as the pressure of today’s healthcare environment demands more treatments in less time, it becomes increasingly difficult for the clinician to deliver manual therapy treatments. In addition, the sheer physical strength demanded for manual traction can place many at a higher risk for job-related injuries.
Mechanical Traction: The Need for Innovation
Though used for decades, mechanical traction remained a rather primitive modality done with the aid of a simple motorized pull unit. Though effective in some areas, these inflexible units were unable to replicate the nuanced manipulations of the clinician’s gentle pulls. Although other medical equipment became digitized, computerized, modernized and user-friendly, mechanical traction’s unsophisticated operating system and cumbersome belting configurations remained largely unchanged.
Clinical Benefits of Traction Therapy
Research points to the beneficial effects of traction because it can distract joint surfaces, reduce protrusions of nuclear discal material, stretch soft-tissue muscles and mobilize joints. These effects provide many patients with pain relief from spinal dysfunction. The stimulation of sensory mechanoreceptors that occurs with the application of traction may also gate pain transmission.
One answer you might want to learn more about…
Chattanooga Group’s Triton DTS® Traction System is a total redesign of the mechanical traction platform in a patient-friendly package. It features a newly engineered Triton DTS Spine Therapy Table, a state-of-the-art Triton DTS Traction Unit with treatment parameters that mimic hands-on therapy, and an easy-to-use QuikWrap™Belting System.
Moving Rehabilitation Forward™ | Mechanical/Physiological Effects of Traction Therapy
Decompression of the Spine
- Unload spine
- Decrease bulging and protruding discs
- Separate vertebrae
- Decrease Pain
Mobilization of the Spine
- Stretch ligaments and tendons
- Mobilize the capsule, facet joints and intravertebral discs
- Increase range of motion
- Increase flexibility
Intended Uses for the Triton DTS® Traction System
The Triton DTS Traction System can be used to relieve peripheral radiation/sciatica and pain associated with:
- Protruding discs
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Posterior Facet Syndrome
- Acute Facet problems
- Radicular pain
- Prolapsed discs
- Spinal root impingement
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Facet Syndrome
- Compression Fractures
- Joint Pain
- Discogenic Pain
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