Hi, I was wondering does traction increase the pain. I went to pt today and I was already in alot of pain, he has already done alot of exercises with me, and i also do them at home. Todayy he tried something different, he place me on the treadmill for 10 min and the pain remained the same, then he tried traction. I mean I could have died on this machine, the pain was so severe. I thought it was suppose to help, not increase the pain. By the way I have the 2 hernaited disk and retrolithesis which the md said was stable, always with the leg pain and buttock pain.
Hi Rachel! I am sorry you are in so much pain and I would definitely discuss this with your doctor if PT is only adding to your discomfort. PT should be strengthening and lessoning your pain not increasing it.
I actually asked my doctor if I could have some traction prior to my surgery in the hope that I could regain some of the 3 inches of height I had lost. He said he would do the best he could to give me some height back during the surgery, but that they frowned on traction as it can cause nerve damage. Don't know if that would apply to your particular case, but just food for thought.
I remember when the doctor placed me in traction while I was in hospital. It hurt more that the back pain I was having. So I disconnected it and this relieved the pain somewhat. But then the nurse came in and started to yell and sream at me for doing this. I told her that the doctor had told me that it was okay if it started to hurt to disconnect it. But he failed to let the nursing staff know. But yes Traction hurt more to me that it was worth and the nurse later said sorry as she rang the doctor. All the best from the Tattman