2018 Volume 30 Issue 12 Pages 1455-1457
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of manual spinal traction therapy on the pain and Oswestry disability index of patients with chronic back pain. [Participants and Methods] In this study, 30 patients with chronic back pain were evenly divided into an experimental group 1, who received manual traction therapy, and an experimental group 2, who received intermittent traction therapy. Both groups received therapy three times a week for eight weeks. A visual analogue scale was used to measure participants’ back pain, and the Oswestry disability index was used to check the functional impediment they experienced as a result. [Results] In a within-group comparison, visual analogue scale and Oswestry disability index significantly decreased in both the experimental 1 and experimental 2. In a between-group comparison after treatment, there was a significantly greater decrease in visual analogue scale and Oswestry disability index in the experimental group 1 compared to the experimental 2. [Conclusion] The manual spinal traction therapy was an effective intervention scheme for the treatment of pain and disorder in patients with chronic back pain.