Archives of orthopaedic and traumatic surgery

, Volume 104, Issue 4, pp 207–210 | Cite as

Autotraction in lumbar disc herniation

A myelographic study before and after treatment
  • P. Gillström
  • K. Ericson
  • T. Hindmarsh
Original Articles


Autotraction is a method of diminishing lower back pain and sciatica in which the patient stretches himself on a specially designed traction table. The pulling force ranges between 400–800 N. Clinical results are encouraging and the method can be recommended as a temporary treatment especially in lumbago with sciatica. The influence on a herniated disc is discussed with respect to the suggestion that autotraction will diminish the herniation. In this study myelographic examination revealed that herniation was the same in location and size before and after autotraction. However, there was a marked clinical improvement in all patients but one.


Public Health Clinical Result Back Pain Lower Back Pain Clinical Improvement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Gillström
    • 1
  • K. Ericson
    • 1
  • T. Hindmarsh
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and NeuroradiologyKarolinska HospitalStockholmSweden

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