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Title: Manual Versus Mechanical Traction in Management of Cervical Spondylosis
Authors: Ashraf Ramadan Hafez Ibraheem PhD
Keywords: Cervical degenerative joint disease, cervical osteoarthritis, facet joints, cervical spondylosis, cervical radiculopathy, cervical myelopathy, traction.
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Sc. j. Az. Med. Fac. (Girls)
Abstract: Background and purpose: Cervical spondylosis is a common degenerative condition of the cervical spine that most likely is caused by age-related changes in the intervertebral disks. Neck and shoulder pain, limited ROM, and radicular symptoms are the most common problems for these pateints. This study was conducted to show the difference between mechanical and manual traction in management of cervical spondylosis. Subjects and methods: The study included fourty patients divided into two groups with age ranged from 30 to 45 years, the first group with mean age=36.6,SD=0.274 followed a physical therapy program of exercise in the form of stretching of cervical muscles with using deep friction massage, and manual cervical traction, three sessions per week for 6 weeks. The second group with mean age=35.8,SD=0.241, submitted to stretching of cervical muscles with using deep friction massage, and mechanical cervical traction, three sessions per week for 6 weeks. Outcome measures were universal goniometer to measure ROM of side bending, tape measurement to detect range of motion of cervical extension and flexion, and visual analogue scale to measure the pain severity. Results: There was a significant difference in the first group between pre and post measures of pain, and neck movement, where T.value of pain 0.003, T.value in flexion 0.008, T.value in extension 0.004, T.value in rt.neck side bending 0.009, and T.value in lt.neck side bending 0.005 In the second group, There was a significant difference between pre and post measures of pain, (T.of pain=0.006, T.value in flexion 0.01, T.value in extension 0.02, T.value in rt.neck side bending 0.02, T.value in lt.neck side bending 0.01. Discussion and Conclusion: This study showed that, manual traction is more effective than the mechanical traction in management of cervical spondylosis patients.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/14699
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