Objective: To identify the current use of traction and the types of patients, treatment parameters, and treatment modali- ties used in conjunction with traction.Design: Postal survey, with 4 sections: professional charac- teristics of respondent, current use of traction, patient selection, and treatment parameters.Setting: Musculoskeletal outpatient departments (private and nonprivate practitioners).Participants: Random sample (N=1491) of chartered phys- iotherapists in the UK who work in the management of low back pain (LBP).Interventions: Not applicable.Main Outcome Measures: Descriptive analysis of informa- tion on current use and practice in applying traction.Results: A response rate of 83% (n=1239) was achieved; 41% (n=507) use lumbar traction, which is most commonly used in the management of subacute LBP patients presenting with nerve root symptoms. Treatment parameters were estab- lished for weights (5–60kg), frequency (2–3 times weekly), and length of treatment (4wk). In addition, traction is com- monly used with other modalities (87%): mobilizations, advice, and exercise.Conclusions: Survey results show the continued use of lumbar traction despite the recommendations of numerous guidelines. Results also clarify the types of patients and the parameters used in the application of traction.
|Journal||Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - Jun 2005|
- Low back pain
- Physical therapy techniques