Many practitioners recommend cervical traction as a treatment option for clients with neck pain. Research has been somewhat mixed about the effectiveness of cervical mechanical traction. Can we predict when cervical traction will be successful?
MRI is frequently utilized for assessing people with low back pain. Should it be? There are at least a few recent studies that question an MRI's utility in LBP patients. A study of people without low pain found that 80% of people by age 50 have degenerative disc disease. In the same group, 50% had a disc buldge by age 40.(1)