Traction is a non-invasive, relatively traditional, and low-impact form of spinal treatment. Traction increases the space between the vertebrae creating negative pressure which allows the disc to reabsorb escaped fluid. This reduces pressure on the spinal cord and nerve root, resulting in pain relief.
Traction rarely worsens medical conditions. In some cases, certain medical diagnoses actually contraindicate the use of traction. A lack of pain relief is the worst side effect we have witnessed.
Our devices are:
- Dynamic: our devices are the only ones on the market that allow for active therapy during traction
- Effective: the source of pain is targeted so pain relief is rapid and long-lasting
- Portable: no installation is required; the devices can be moved within the clinic itself, and are easily transported for use outside of the clinic as well.
- Simple to use: a patient can be trained to self-treat, don, and doff times are under a minute
- Space-saving: no need for another bulky table on the treatment floor
We recommend 12 consecutive daily treatments of 30 minutes duration, with the Vertetrac, for patients suffering from acute back pain.
We recommend 8-10 consecutive daily treatments of 15-20 minutes’ duration, with the Cervico2000, for patients suffering from acute neck pain.
From our experience, patients suffering from chronic back or neck pain require more sessions before recovering. We recommend a treatment course of 3-5 weeks with a week or two of daily sessions, followed by two weeks with 2-3 sessions per week.
Most U.S. insurance companies completely cover treatment with Meditrac devices in a clinic as classified under “mechanical traction.”
Some HMO providers, including Medicare, will also partially reimburse policyholders on the purchase of a device for use at home. We recommend checking with your insurance provider for specific coverage details.
Both the Vertetrac and the Cervico2000 are state-of-the-art units, engineered with unique traction mechanisms, and constructed from high-quality durable materials.
Meditrac devices offer a combination of features that no other traction devices offer. They are designed to deliver tri-planar traction forces and they allow the wearer full freedom of movement during treatment sessions.
Both the Vertetrac and Cervico2000 are designed to be “one size fits most.” The Vertetrac can be used for patients with a size 48 waist and below.
In most cases, effective traction treatment, like that with Meditrac’s devices, is preferable to surgery, simply because surgery immutably alters the spine. Although these surgical changes reduce the pressure on the nerve and relieve back pain, a highly probable side-effect of this surgical method is increased stress on the healthy discs directly above and below the problematic one.
As with any operation, there are also significant health risks associated with spinal surgery and complications can be severe. Possible complications include injury to the spinal cord and nerves, poor bony fusion at the surgical site, infection, and blood clots.
Research that has been conducted worldwide has shown that there is very little difference between the long-term benefits of surgery vs. effective rehabilitation in patients with chronic low back pain.
In some cases, patients are appropriate candidates for surgery and prescription medication. However, it is highly recommended to exhaust conservative avenues for pain relief before resorting to invasive approaches. Spinal surgery should be the last resort.
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