Cervical traction for use in neck pain
Neck traction or cervical traction is often used for persons suffering from neck pain. Neck traction or cervical traction has been shown to be effective for a variety of disorders including strains and sprains, nerve root compression (i.e., radiculopathy), spinal cord compression (i.e., myelopathy), and herniated or bulging discs-even large volume herniations often respond well to this form of therapy. One of the most effective applications of traction is home traction, in which the patient uses a convenient device that can be easily set up in the home. Dr. Arthur C. Croft, director of the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, has developed the patent pending EasyTrax, an inexpensive and easy-to-use home traction device which is light, portable, infinitely adjustable, and which does not put pressure on the temporomandibular joint-an area which may be involved in whiplash injuries.
Brain stem injury and whiplash
In a rear-end or side impact automobile crashes or collisions, the human head is often accelerated with up to 12 g or more. This is more than even seasoned fighter pilots can withstand and, although the duration of the acceleration is brief, minute injuries to the brain may occur resulting in a condition known as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). The symptoms of this injury include difficulty concentrating, memory problems, difficulty with staying focused, mood disturbances, and sometimes behavioral disorders. The collection of symptoms is often labeled postconcussion syndrome. In many cases, symptoms resolve within a few months, but in other cases some permanent cognitive deficits persist. While the condition has a somewhat controversial reputation, this is only because many practitioners are relatively unfamiliar with the very large body of current medical literature and scientific research. Dr. Arthur C. Croft, director of the Spine Research Institute of San Diego has been conducting research in brain stem injury area for more than two decades.