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Studies Find Traction Not Beneficial for Low Back Pain

A new review of data from 24 studies that included 2,177 patients with low back pain showed that neither continuous nor intermittent use of traction was more effective in improving pain, disability or attendance at work than placebo, no treatment at all, or traction in combination with other treatments. No significant difference was found in outcomes between a standard physical therapy program with continuous traction and the same program without traction for patients with a mixed duration of low back pain, with or without sciatica. Clarke JA, et al. “Traction for low-back pain with or without sciatica (review).” The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 4.



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