2503 / INFLATABLE CERVICAL TRACTION UNIT
The OTC Select 2503 inflatable traction unit is used to relieve pressure on muscles and nerve tissues in the cervical region. It is also used in cases of minor fractures of the cervical spine. Helps to avoid motions that might cause pain.
Indications Listed Below
• Relieves pressure on muscles and nerve tissue in the cervical region
• Also used in cases of minor fractures of the cervical spine
• Helps to avoid motions that might cause pain
• Provides firm and comfortable support
• Portable, great for treatment at home or on the go
Comfortable felt air chambers.
Non-abrasive fastening straps.
Inflation bulb allows for easy and personalized traction adjustment.
How to Measure for and Apply the CERVICAL TRACTION UNIT
TO FIT MOST ADULTS
1. Place traction unit around neck with tube and inflation bulb in front.
2. Adjust the inflatable layers for correct shape and position then fasten the velcro straps.
3. Pump the bulb until you feel a light stretch of the neck.
4. Let the back of your head rest comfortably back inside the unit.
5. Relax your muscles. Pump it again in gradual increments, until you feel a pleasant stretch.
Review the accompanying chart to determine the product that best suits your needs. On the left, you will find a variety of injuries that OTC products are specifically designed to treat and prevent. On the top, you will find the product numbers of all OTC cervical spine products. If a red box is present where the column and row intersect, your injury or condition is treated/prevented by the associated product.
|Vertebral Joint Pain|
|Herniated Cervical Disc|
|Loss of Spiral Motion|
|Cervical Musculoskeletal or Neurological Impairment|
|Minor Neck Pain / Injuries|
|Reminder Against Sudden Neck Movements|
Common Conditions of the CERVICAL SPINE
Cycle through the slides below to familiarize yourself with several common conditions associated with the cervical spine. The conditions described below may not be treated by the specific product listed above. Please view the above Medical Applications Chart to determine what conditions this page's associated product treats.
Cervical osteoarthritis (OA) is also called cervical spondylosis. This involves changes to the bones, discs and joints of the neck as the result of normal aging. With osteoarthritis (OA) the flexible tissue (cartilage) that cushions the ends of bones wears down. Spurs or abnormal growths on the bones can cause the interior of the spinal column to narrow, causing neck pain and stiffness. Treatments can include medication, physical therapy and the use of a cervical collar.
A herniated cervical disc is one of the most common causes of neck pain. Each disc is composed of a gel like interior substance that is surrounded by exterior fibrous cartilage that keeps the gel contained. If the exterior cartilage tears or splits, the interior gel can protrude, or become herniated. This can cause neck pain, numbness or tingling in the shoulder, or weakness in the hand or arm. Treatment methods can include rest, medication, physical therapy and the use of a cervical collar.
Whiplash is a non-medical term used to describe a hyperextension injury to the neck resulting from an indirect force, usually a rear-end automobile collision. The sudden acceleration of the struck vehicle throws the head backward, causing violent hyperextension of the neck. Pain from the injury to the cervical muscles is initially treated by placing the neck in a well fitting cervical collar, applying local heat treatments and administering pain medication.
The Anatomy of the Cervical Spine
The cervical spine, or neck, begins at the base of the skull and through a series of seven vertebral segments connects to the thoracic, or chest, region of the spine. View the accompanying illustration, in association with the list below, to explore the anatomy of the cervical spine.
A. Atlas (C1 Vertebra)
B. Axis (C2 Vertebra)
C. C3 Vertebra
D. C4 Vertebra
E. C5 Vertebra
F. C6 Vertebra
G. C7 Vertebra
H. Facet Joint (connects each vertebra)
I. Cervical Disc