A new type of cervical traction generating mechanical pulsations (vibration) in the comprehensive treatment of patients with cervical spondylosis
Krzysztof Gieremek, Edward Saulicz, Zbigniew Śliwiński, Monika Grygorowicz, Aleksander Socha, Janusz Kubacki
Krzysztof Gieremek, Edward Saulicz, Zbigniew Śliwiński, Monika Grygorowicz, Aleksander Socha, Janusz Kubacki – A new type of cervical traction generating mechanical pulsations (vibration) in the comprehensive treatment of patients with cervical spondylosis. Fizjoterapia Polska 2003; 3(2); 99-105
Background. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a new type of vibration traction (Glisson type) as compared to traditional cervical traction (Glisson type) in patients diagnosed with degenerative disc disease or spondylarthrosis of the cervical spine. Material and methods. Two groups of ambulatory patients treated for spondylosis of the cervical spine were included in this study. The study group (n=35) and the control group (n=33) were subjected to the standard comprehensive treatment (massage therapy, short wave diathermy, infrared therapy, electrotherapy using Bernard’s current, ultrasound therapy). The cervical traction set used in the study group was additionally equipped with a device generating vibration (frequency 100 Hz, amplitude 0,2 mm), installed just above the cervical loop. Results. The statistical analysis (Chi2 = 9,672, for a = 0,046) revealed considerable correlation between the type of cervical traction used and the results of the treatment, indicating higher effectiveness of vibration traction. Statistical analysis also proved increased range of motion in the cervical spine in the all planes, as well as improved left and right hand grip function. Conclusions. The study proved that the treatment of cervical traction (Glisson type) equipped with additional vibration device was well tolerated by patients. The use of this type of traction resulted in sooner subsidence of existing symptoms such as pain, increased muscle tone and hypersensitivity to touch of cervical spine musculature.
Glisson traction, wibration massage, cervical spondylosis
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