Whether you’re suffering from a chronic condition or an acute injury, you deserve pain relief. Yet, medications only go so far, and other treatments may require significant downtime. You don’t want to put a band-aid on a serious condition; you want a long-term solution that promotes your quality of life.
Cervical traction rehabilitation can address a range of neck injuries and other conditions. At Naples Community Injury Center, our doctors and therapists can assess your symptoms, diagnose the issue, and perform cervical traction as a part of a comprehensive care plan to address your injury.
Our Naples chiropractic adjustments and therapies could stop chronic pain, reduce inflammation, and prevent future injuries. Today, you can connect with our office and start your journey to wellness at (239) 631-5445.
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Non-Invasive Cervical Traction Addresses Neck Injuries
Cervical traction is an adjustment our therapists use to provide pain relief for a variety of neck and upper back conditions. The goal of cervical traction is to pull the head and spread the neck vertebrae to eliminate compression of nerve roots. This widens the intervertebral foramen, separating the facet joint. In short, it works by relieving the pressure on the nerves that causes chronic pain.
Cervical traction adjustments are a non-invasive procedure that could work as an alternative to taking narcotic painkillers or having invasive surgery. It is often effective for neck injuries, including stable vertebrae fractures and facet joint dislocations. However, it is important to ensure the injury is well-suited to this treatment before beginning therapy.
Our practitioners use manual cervical traction on many patients. For this adjustment, they hold the patient’s head and neck and gently pull them apart, applying traction with their hands. They often use intermittent traction. Alternatively, we can use tools, such as harnesses, to apply traction under some circumstances.
How We Help Clients With Naples Cervical Traction Rehabilitation
We often provide cervical traction adjustments in our Naples office alongside other chiropractic treatment and physiotherapy services. We create a personalized care plan for each patient, prescribing the necessary therapies to relieve symptoms, treat the underlying injury, and rebuild strength and flexibility to prevent future injuries.
The first time a patient sees our team, it is for an initial intake examination. During this appointment, we carefully assess the patient and their symptoms. This involves:
- Using medical imaging technology
- Performing a physical exam
- Taking a comprehensive health history
- Identifying any possible contraindications
While rendering treatment, we monitor you closely and reassess your symptoms each visit. This allows us to alter your care plan as necessary, addressing any soreness or inflammation.
Get Help for Your Neck Pain and Other Symptoms From Our Team
Naples Community Injury Center relies on more than 60 years of combined experience to help our patients get the relief they need from debilitating or nagging neck pain. We believe in treating the underlying cause of pain while also addressing symptoms and building strength and flexibility to prevent future recurrences.
Our practitioners prescribe cervical traction adjustments for patients suffering from:
- Work-related injuries
- Car accident injuries
- Slip, trips, and other fall injuries
- Sports and recreational injuries
- Boat and pool injuries
You might not know the cause of your pain. Not to worry. Our doctors can analyze your symptoms and review medical imaging scans to properly diagnose the injury and prescribe an effective treatment, often cervical traction.
When Are Naples Cervical Traction Adjustments Prescribed?
Cervical traction adjustments, whether performed manually or using a harness or device, can provide relief for a wide range of neck-related symptoms. When applied properly, it relaxes the muscles and spreads the vertebrae. Cervical traction can address:
- Acute or chronic neck pain
- Tension and tightness in the neck
- Stiffness and limited range of motion
- Bulging and herniated discs
- Sprains and strains
- Pinched nerves
When we diagnose a cervical concern in a patient, we evaluate whether cervical traction might be effective. For example, we often prescribe it for sprains, strains, and muscle spasms. Other diagnoses that might respond to cervical traction adjustments include:
- Spinal fractures in the neck, under some conditions
- Facet joint dislocation, as long as it is stable
- Cervical disc disease
- Cervical spondylosis (age-related damage to the spinal discs)
- Myelopathy (neurologic symptoms caused by compression of the spinal cord)
- Atlantoaxial subluxation (increased mobility between the cervical vertebrae)
- Radiculopathy (damage to the nerve roots in the spine)
- Foraminal stenosis
- Myofascial tightness (tight muscle fibers in the affected muscles)
Our Healthcare Team May Prescribe Additional Therapies
In addition to cervical traction adjustments, we may also prescribe additional therapies to help address pain and stiffness, including:
- Massage therapy
- Muscle energy techniques (MET)
- Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT)
- Weight-supported treadmill training
Once the patient improves, we often add strength training and stretching to the care plan. This allows them to rebuild muscles, increase muscle strength, and gain flexibility. This also prevents recurrence of symptoms and similar injuries in the future.
These Conditions Could Benefit From Other Therapies in Naples
In some cases, other therapies or adjustments might be a better option. Our doctors assess your situation, health history, and any contraindications to develop a care plan. We might avoid including cervical traction adjustments as a part of your regimen if you have any of the following medical conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- A recent cervical fracture, depending on the medical imaging scans
- Screws or plates in your neck as a result of a previous surgery
- A tumor in the affected area
- A bone infection
- Blockages or weaknesses in the vertebral or carotid arteries
- Cervical instability
- Hypermobility in your neck or spine
Even with many of these conditions, we can prescribe an effective treatment plan and therapies for patients. Do not hesitate to contact our office and schedule an appointment because you believe you may have contraindications for cervical traction adjustments.
Call Naples Community Injury Center About Cervical Traction Rehabilitation
Our team helps patients address their neck pain and injuries. We prescribe cervical traction rehabilitation and other therapies to stop pain and address underlying issues. Schedule your initial intake exam at our Naples office today.
Call (239) 631-5445 to get started.