Primary Loss of Cervical Lordosis
This patient is a 30 year old male who was experiencing upper shoulder and neck pain on a regular basis. He works as a carpenter and feels most of his pain during work. He receives a fortnightly massage but finds the relief from massage is becoming less and less. Full spine saggital analysis showed a primary problem being loss of cervical curve.
Initial reduction in symptoms began after receiving chiropractic adjustments combined with home cervical Denneroll traction and supportive exercises using the Pro Lordotic Neck Exerciser. In-office head weighted cervical Denneroll traction also began after 2 weeks of care.
A post traction x-ray showed the immediate effects of in-office head weighted cervical Denneroll traction. The patient is currently pain free however due to the improved cervical lordosis shown on x-ray within 5 minutes post traction, with the associated improvement in symptoms, the patient is now undertaking a corrective care program to pursue corrective cervical changes.
X-rays performed in-traction (as opposed to post-traction) are more indicative of the behavior of the spine during traction. In traction x-rays can be helpful in determining the patient’s ideal mirror image traction position, ruling out any contra-indications especially in regards to trauma and instability, and also helpful in scoliosis traction to see if the spine is behaving with normal coupling and the degrees of movement.
To help determine outcomes, Post Traction x-rays are effective at seeing the initial affect to the spine resulting from your selected traction. If there is a notable positional improvement shown on a neutral x-ray post –traction, this can be considered as fair and reasonable evidence that continued regular traction with supportive exercises for muscular re-training will result in corrective spinal changes.