Effectiveness of Mechanical Versus Manual Traction in Reducing Cervical Radiculopathy Pain and Disability
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To compare cervical traction methods and determine the most effective method for treating cervical radiculopathy to reduce pain and disability in patients aged 20-70 years old.
- Cervical radiculopathy is a common musculoskeletal disorder resulting in pain and disability among patients seeking physical therapy services.
- Radicular pain arising from irritation of cervical spine nerve roots affects approximately one in every thousand individuals and the cost associated with diagnosis and treatment for this condition places a substantial burden on the healthcare system.
- The estimated non-operative cost to an average patient is $1,143 and is often accompanied by up to 10 months lost at work.
Ader, Kelsey; Apgar, Nathaniel; Clabaugh, Joel; Frye, Cody; Harper, Caitlyn; Shenk, Brian; and Lehr, Michael, "Effectiveness of Mechanical Versus Manual Traction in Reducing Cervical Radiculopathy Pain and Disability" (2023). Physical Therapy Student Scholarship. 14.