Document Type : Original Articles


Department of Physiotherapy, University of Social welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences


Background: Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common musculoskeletal complications of today’s societies which, poses a big portion of health expenses and work absentees. Lumbar disc herniation is claimed to be one of the several causes of LBP. Conservative therapies like physiotherapy are found to be beneficial for treatment in such a kind of LBP. However, there is low evidence proving traction therapy can be effective. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate effects of a 7-day physiotherapy protocol along with segmental traction therapy on pain and range of motion in patients with acute LBPMethods: A total of 9 patients with acute LBP voluntarily participated in this study. They undertook a 7-day conventional physiotherapy along with segmental traction therapy.  Pain, functional ability and lumbar flexion range of motion (ROM) were measured before and after the therapeutic intervention.Results: A significant reduction in pain was observed after the intervention (p=0.006). In addition, patients’ functional ability increased significantly (p=0.03).However, there were no significant changes in lumbar in flexion ROM.Conclusion: According to results of the present study segmental traction therapy along with a physiotherapy protocol consisting of TENS, Ultrasound and Hot pack reduces pain and improves functional ability in patient with acute LBP. Although no effect on lumbar ROM is expected.


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