Coverage of Conditions and Treatments (Coverage Decisions)

Use this lookup tool to determine coverage decisions, or if prior authorization is needed for the treatment or condition. Note: For Self-insured employer claims, you must contact the employer or their claims administrator.

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Archived Coverage Decisions.

See Treatment Guidelines and Resources for additional information.

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.


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.

Cervical traction devices technology assessment