Traction to the lumbar spine is contraindicated in various conditions. The physical therapist should take a proper medical history before prescribing traction for lumbar pain.
Cauda Equina Syndrome
Pott''s Disease and all inflammatory diseases of the vertebrae
Cardiac or circulatory disease and severe respiratory problems
Post-operative patients within 3 months of back surgery
Vertebral fracture within 6 months of initial injury
Fusion with internal fixation