Effectiveness of mechanical traction in supine versus prone lying position for lumbosacral radiculopathy

  • Rehan Ramzan Khan Multan College of Physiotherapy, MMDC, Multan
  • Saima Riaz Riphah College of Rehabilitation & Allied Health Sciences, RIU, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Sajid Rashid Multan College of Physiotherapy, MMDC, Multan, Pakistan.
  • Muhammad Sulman Department of Physiotherapy, University of Sialkot, Pakistan.
Keywords: Radiculopathy, Mechanical Traction, Lumbar Spine

Abstract

Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of mechanical traction in supine versus prone lying position for lumbosacral radiculopathy.

Methods: A quasi experimental trial was conducted from April to September 2020 among sixty patients of chronic lumbosacral radiculopathy at Ibn-e-Siena Hospital, Multan. Participants were divided into two groups. Group-A (Supine) participants received lumbar traction in supine lying along with conventional treatment. Group-B (Prone) underwent the same treatment except the lumbar traction being applied in prone lying position. Participants were evaluated twice: at pre- treatment (week 0) and at the post treatment (week 2). Oswestry Disability Index and Numeric Pain Rating Scale were used as outcome measure. Data was analyzed on SPSS 23.

Results: The mean (±S.D) age of the patients was 39±5.7 vs. 40±5.3 years in supine vs. prone group respectively. Mean ODI score was 25.2±6.13 vs. 26.0±6.26 at the start of treatment in supine vs. prone position respectively while it was 19.45±7.12 vs. 11.05±4.40 at end of treatment in supine vs. prone position respectively. Mean NPRS score was 7.73±1.23 vs. 7.67±0.96 at start of treatment in supine vs. prone position respectively while it was 4.63±0.89 vs. 3.13±0.90 at the end of treatment in supine vs. prone position respectively.

Conclusion: Lumbar traction in prone lying position is more effective than lumbar traction in supine lying position for the treatment of chronic lumbosacral radiculopathy.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.5.4200

How to cite this:
Khan RR, Riaz S, Rashid S, Sulman M. Effectiveness of mechanical traction in supine versus prone lying position for lumbosacral radiculopathy. Pak J Med Sci. 2021;37(5):1451-1455. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.5.4200

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Author Biographies

Saima Riaz, Riphah College of Rehabilitation & Allied Health Sciences, RIU, Lahore, Pakistan.

Assistant Professor

Sajid Rashid, Multan College of Physiotherapy, MMDC, Multan, Pakistan.

Professor

Muhammad Sulman, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Sialkot, Pakistan.

Senior Lcturer

Published
2021-07-16
How to Cite
Khan, R., Riaz, S., Rashid, S., & Sulman, M. (2021). Effectiveness of mechanical traction in supine versus prone lying position for lumbosacral radiculopathy. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 37(5). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.5.4200
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