Traction can be super helpful for certain lower back presenting complaints.
You know when traction literally “stops” the pain and the client gains an immediate sense of relief.
You might test them first – see a reduced active and passive straight leg raise test as your diagnostic cue, and head down the pathway of a disc bulge as a possible cause. Hence the traction can help right?
Well indeed it can.
In this video it DOES help, however – there are other reasons for the “positive” straight leg raise test…
In watching this you might think of all the people you’ve diagnosed as having disc issues, but some of them just do not have this.
Here’s one way you can improve the outcomes of your patients with a little extra neurological knowledge and understanding…