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  • AlbertDisuza
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    My father used to frequently reel. After x-rays it was found that he has spondylitis. The doctor said that the gaps were quite big but he advised against traction and has prescribed only a tablet named vertin. Is the treatment ok or should he consult another doc. Please advice on whether traction should be done or not.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Spondylitis is an inflammation of the spine, normally associated with a disease process like Ankylosing Spondylitis. You most likely mean spondylosis which is a degeneration of the spine similar to arthritis (which really should be called arthrosis).

    I cannot comment on traction for this disorder as there is not enough information to comment on. Some degenerative disorders respond well to traction and in some, traction is contraindicated.

    The medication “Vertin” is sold as an antivertigo drug and I cannot comment of its use for your father.

    Dr. Corenman

    AlbertDisuza
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    Thank you doctor for your response and taking time off to answer my question. What I wanted to know here is that isn’t traction necessary or rather beneficial in all cases of spondylosis. If no, then in which conditions is it recommended. My father does not have any type of pain, only reeling issue is there.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Traction can be effective in cases of severe degenerative disc disease or of facet disease without instability or degenerative scoliosis. In those cases however, traction is contraindicated in my opinion.

    If your father has no pain and only spondylosis, he then needs no therapy which includes no need for traction.

    Dr. Corenman

    AlbertDisuza
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    Thank you Doc for your reply. It was informative and gave us the confidence that we are going that right way in getting my father treated. Thanks again.

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