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Physical Therapy

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Michael Ross, PT, DHSc, OCS


Cervical radiculopathy is a disorder that affects nerves in the neck, usually caused by nerve root compression from a herniated disc or narrowing of the neural foramen. A person with cervical radiculopathy may experience pain in their neck and arms, as well as muscle weakness and/or numbness or tingling in their fingers or hands. One treatment modality that is used for patients with cervical radiculopathy is cervical traction, which places distraction forces on the cervical spine in an effort to decrease pressure on the involved nerve root. Goals for cervical traction are usually pain modulation and symptom reduction, including regaining sensation and muscle strength. This project is a review of the literature on the efficacy of cervical traction in modulating pain and reducing symptoms in patients with cervical radiculopathy. If efficacy is found, the appropriate parameters relative to the application of cervical traction will be provided.