Scoliosis Traction Treatment

Scoliosis can be a minor or major condition. It means the spine is curved sideways. The severity of it is determined by how much curve exists and its effects on your movement. The condition can affect quality of life. One treatment option is traction exerted on the spine to correct the curvature. There are several ways to provide the traction.

Scoliosis Types
Scoliosis can be structural or functional. If structural, it has probably existed since childhood. Those with muscular deformities from certain conditions like cerebral palsy are often diagnosed with scoliosis too. Functional scoliosis can develop due to muscle imbalances, repetitive movements, and poor core strength, according to the Scoliosis Research Society. You can have juvenile or adult scoliosis.

Scoliosis Treatments
There are a variety of treatments for scoliosis that depend on its severity, the patient's age, and occupation. Bracing, traction, surgery, exercises, electrical muscle stimulation, chiropractic manipulation and physical therapy are some of the most frequently-prescribed treatment options.

Traction Types
Traction treatments may use a traction chair, halo-gravity traction, a table, and even traction techniques performed by a trained therapist or by the patient himself. Which technique is best for treatment depends on many factors and requires a thorough medical consultation to determine.

Traction Chair
The traction chair is a specific piece of equipment used in physical therapy clinics and at home, if prescribed. The chair attempts to correct the scoliosis in all three dimensions. This involves cervical decompression along with traction laterally for the thoracic and lumbar areas of the spine. It is passive and not painful for the patient, according to the Scoliosis Correction Center.

Halo-Gravity Traction
Halo-gravity traction is a method reserved for severe scoliosis cases especially when kyphosis (rounded upper back) is involved. A metal halo is around the head with attachments to the head and neck. Dr. Lawrence Lenke states that halo-gravity traction is a safe alternative that allows patients to be out of bed, exercising and socializing.