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Cervical traction devices

Coverage decision

L&I covers at-home cervical traction units for rental or purchase. No prior authorization is required. Examples of covered devices include the traditional over-the-door unit, as well as newer Glacier Cross' Pronex and Saunders' HomeTrac units.

Indications

Home cervical traction is typically prescribed for persistent musculoskeletal pain that is relieved by a trial of traction in the clinical setting.

Medically reasonable goals include:

  • Reduction in pain or spasm frequency.
  • Increased range of motion.
  • Improved function.

The following conditions may benefit from at-home cervical traction:

  • Disc herniation.
  • Pinched nerve.
  • Cervical radiculopathy.
  • Neck muscle spasm.
  • Whiplash.

For more information:
Cervical traction devices technology assessment (116 KB PDF).
Contact information.


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