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When to use TracPal

When To Use TracPal

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Indications

Use the TracPal device in the following cases:

  • Knee and/or hip pain caused by Osteoarthritis
  • Physical therapy (including traction) has previously been successful for back pain. These two different structure pain patterns have one side in common; being part of overall posture. If the relation of flexion/extension has been successfully treated before – then giving the knee or hip joint the feeling of being in the “right place” according to proper posture, it gives back the right muscle patterns that one used when there was no pain.
  • If muscle stretching gives joint pain relief when stretching as an extending movement alone is beneficial – then “stretching joints” using traction movement is very likely efficient too.
  • Knee and/or hip pain caused by unspecific overall causes (no diagnosed arthritis, but other combined factors) – traction is working as a pain level decreasing treatment due to deactivating pressure-sensitive receptors.
  • If the body reacts well to overall training which does not cause more pain as for example when cycling, swimming and other similar activities (with no shock impact) are improving the quality of movement – then body should respond well to traction therapy too.

Evidence based research:

Knee osteoarthritis:
(Effect of Mechanical Traction on Pain and Function in Subjects with Osteoarthritis Knee), (Effect of Traction Therapy in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Prospective Controlled Study), (Case study of continuous knee joint traction treatment on the pain and quality of life of patients with degenerative gonarthritis), (The effect of tibio-femoral traction mobilization on passive knee flexion motion impairment and pain: a case series)

Hip osteoarthritis:
(The ability of a sustained within-session finding of pain reduction during traction to dictate improved outcomes from a manual therapy approach on patients with osteoarthritis of the hip), (Conservative Management of a Young Adult with Hip Arthrosis), (Clinical outcomes following manual physical therapy and exercise for hip osteoarthritis: A case series.), (Comparison of manual therapy and exercise therapy in osteoarthritis of the hip: a randomized clinical trial.)

 

Contraindications

Do not use the TracPal device in the following cases:

  • Fractures
  • Infections & Inflammatory Diseases
  • Malignancy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lumbar Spinal Cord Compression
  • Lumbar Spinal Instability
  • Traumatic or Acute Injury
  • Severe joint and ligament instability
  • Severe cardiovascular disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteomyelitis or diskitis
  • Pregnancy

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