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traction of lower back

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:01 am
by cn
totally agree with what is said on this website. Traction for low back pain has caused me horrendous unneccessary pain. I went a physiotherapist for low back pain. The physiotherapist said I had a slipped disc which I have since found out by consulting a back specialist this was not the case. I was put into traction for my back unneccesarily, it has also caused me considerable paint and to have increased anxiety and I feel possible nerve problems, although this is yet to be confirmed I am hoping this is not the case. I feel totally let down and depressed by the whole experience. I went into traction without being consulted on any possible risks, and the physio said to me you will have this and you will be better, I can't believe it you put your trust in these people. I feel patients should be informed of potential dangers of this and that traction should only be performed when a Xray and/or scan has been performed to diagnose the real problem. Its a disgrace that they don't.:(

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 5:13 pm
by Mitch
Hi cn,

I think most places do MRI's before they put people on those traction machines. It is a shame the place you went to didn't before trying it on you. I think you may have had a bad physiotherapist. I hope your back gets to feeling better.

Mitch

Re: traction of lower back

PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:23 pm
by Guest
cn wrote:totally agree with what is said on this website. Traction for low back pain has caused me horrendous unneccessary pain. I went a physiotherapist for low back pain. The physiotherapist said I had a slipped disc which I have since found out by consulting a back specialist this was not the case. I was put into traction for my back unneccesarily, it has also caused me considerable paint and to have increased anxiety and I feel possible nerve problems, although this is yet to be confirmed I am hoping this is not the case. I feel totally let down and depressed by the whole experience. I went into traction without being consulted on any possible risks, and the physio said to me you will have this and you will be better, I can't believe it you put your trust in these people. I feel patients should be informed of potential dangers of this and that traction should only be performed when a Xray and/or scan has been performed to diagnose the real problem. Its a disgrace that they don't.:(


Hi. I have just posted something on the sciatica pages. However last year I had sciatica in my other leg and found it difficult to walk but pain nowhere near as bad as what I have just had in other leg. I went to chiropractor (4 sessions made it worse) and osteopath (7 sessions didn't affect it either way ) and lastly went to a conventional physio. One session of hip traction and it was 50% better, then one session of lower back traction and I was complety cured-a miracle. However this time round traction didn't help at all and hip traction made my L4/5 prolapsed disc a lot worse and temporily increased the sciatica. So sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Exercises in RYB plus lots of walking are working well for me I am sure

Regards
Henry