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Research on the effect of the traction therapy on patients with lumbar disc disease

Mariyana Mihailova, Veselina Nestorova, Ilia Todorov


Introduction: Application of extension therapy for treating diseases of the vertebral column has been done for ages. One of the modern variants of traction is traction therapy done with Eltrak 471 made by the Netherland`s company Enraf Nonius. Such treatment gives an opportunity for traction in both impulsive and constant mode.

Goal: To explore the effect that impulsive traction therapy has over the pain, motor skills in the lumbar area and also how the therapy affects the self-confidence, alertness and mood of the patients with lumbar disc disease (LDD), that affects the quality of one`s life. Subject and methodology: The research has been taken on 40 people, suffering from lumbar disc disease. A control group (CG), including 20 people, treated with basic therapy (LFMF and BPI) and an experimental group (EG), including 20 people, treated with basic therapy and impulsive traction therapy. For tracking the effect of the treatment were used: physical tests for motor skills in lumbar region, scale of pain еnd the psycho-emotional conditioning.

Results: The results have high statistical significane (p<0,001) for both groups, when it comes to the pain syndrome, the functional tests for mobility in the lumbar area and also the results from the psycho-functional test, where the difference between EG and KG has a statistical significance (p<0,001).

Conclusion: Both methods have a pain reducing effect, contribute for better mobility in the lumbar area and also improve the quality of life of patients with LDD. The complex methodology, including basic treatment and impulsive traction therapy gives better results than only basic therapy in all tests.


Ключови думи: поясна дискова болест, физикална терапия, импулсна екстензионна терапия

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