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Herniated C5 C6 of spine traction treatment

bimspinebbimspine Posts: 1
edited 11/05/2014 - 4:14 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I am 27 years old and have had for about 2-3 years now, a herniated disc in the C5, C6 area of my spine that doesn't really pain but rather causes tension/pulsation in my left shoulder blade and some weakness in the neck area. There is also some tingling going down my left arm into the fingers. I wanted to find out the difference between the below two treatments please. What are the advantages/disadvantages of each? What is a "hydrator" versus a "traction" device? Is there a real difference? Should I get both and use in conjunction? Any experience with these or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 11/04/2014 - 12:12 PM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 11/05/2014 - 4:16 AM
    "treatments"? Traction should only be done as part of a guided/physician directed treatment plan, not one selected by the patient at home. Medical devices should only be recommended by a medical professional and used under their guidance.
    Is this being recommended by a chiropractor? If it is, you may want to consult with a board certified spine surgeon first, before undergoing any traction or treatment by a chiropractor with disc herniations and nerve symptoms to ensure you don't do further damage to your neck by using these type of devices.

  • Earlier this year I had started seeing a chiropractor for my neck pain issues. I was told that I had lost the curve in my neck and it was contributing to my pain in my neck and headaches. After a couple of weeks of treatment, he had me start using a posture pump to regain the curve in my neck. I was having pain yet but It was going well for a little while until late June or early July. One night I was using it before bed and I felt a crack or pop in my neck. I was not able to move for about 15 minutes after that. The pain was horrible also. This was before we knew I had a herniated disc and spinal cord compression. Unfortunately this was part of what prompted my chiropractor to order the MRI. I stopped using it at after that incident. I encourage you to be careful and question if this is the best way of solving your problem with your neck. I am not saying that it could happen to you or anyone else but I wouldn't use it again if I could have a do over.
    Tracie C
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