Original Articles: PDF OnlyComputed Tomographic Investigation of the Effect of Traction on Lumbar Disc HerniationsONEL, DILEK MD*; TUZLACI, MUHLIS MD†; SARI, HIDAYET MD*; DEMIR, KEMAL MD† Author Information * From the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Turkey † From the Department of Radiology, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Turkey Spine 14(1):p 82-90, January 1989. Buy Abstract The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of static horizontal traction on disc herniations by computed tomographic investigation. Changes occurring under the effect of a traction load of 45 kg have been evaluated in 30 patients with lumbar disc herniation. The herniated nuclear material (HNM) has retracted in 11 (78.5%) of median, six (66.6%) of posterolateral, and four (57.1%) of lateral herniations. Clinical response of these cases to conservative treatment varied with the amount and location of HNM, the retraction of HNM, and calcification of protruded disc. Static lumbar traction showed variable effects on lumbar disc herniations, especially in relation with the amount and location of HNM © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.