Ulster University Logo

The effectiveness of cervical traction

Peake, Nicola and Harte, Annette (2005) The effectiveness of cervical traction. Physical Therapy Reviews, 10 . pp. 217-229. [Journal article]

Full text not available from this repository.


The aim of this review was to analyse critically the literature on the effectiveness of cervical traction for patients suffering from neck pain, with or without radiating symptoms. A computer-aided search of databases was carried out from 1966 to 2004, using a combination of key words. Five randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and five case studies were selected and critically appraised using the PEDro scale and a self-designed custom checklist. The five RCTs were of high-to-low quality (score range 3–8/10). The three highest scoring RCTs showed some benefit from the use of cervical traction, whereas the other two did not. The five case studies were of moderate-to-poor quality (score range 5–8/12), but provided positive results for the use of cervical traction. Due to the poor methodological quality of the studies reviewed, there is no conclusive evidence that cervical traction is an effective therapy for patients suffering from neck pain. There is a need for well-designed, high-quality RCTs in this area in order to investigate the effectiveness of this commonly used technique.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Cervical traction; Neck pain; Radiating symptoms
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:28966
Deposited By: Miss Annette Harte
Deposited On:01 Apr 2014 10:30
Last Modified:01 Apr 2014 10:30

Repository Staff Only: item control page