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Chapter 14: Spinal Traction

The goal of traction is to encourage movement of the spine and decrease the patient's symptoms.

a. True

b. False

a. True

Ligament deformation due to traction should occur during slow loading.

a. True

b. False

a. True

Traction may only be applied with a machine.

a. True

b. False

b. False

Traction may help reduce disk herniation. In this condition the ________________ protrudes.

a. annulus fibrosus

b. nucleus pulposus

c. disk material

d. synovial fringe

b. nucleus pulposus

Traction has effects on

a. articular facet joints

b. paraspinal muscles

c. nerve roots

d. all of the above

d. all of the above

What is the most common problem traction is used to treat?

a. spondylolisthesis

b. fibrosis

c. nerve root impingement

d. none of the above

c. nerve root impingement

Which of the following is NOT a contraindication to traction?

a. muscle strain

b. acute inflammation

c. fractures

d. vertebral joint instability

a. muscle strain

How long should intermittent manual cervical traction be applied?

a. less than 30 seconds

b. 1–2 minutes

c. 3–10 minutes

d. 10–15 minutes

c. 3–10 minutes

If traction treatments are resulting in no change in ...

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