Skull Traction And Cervical Cord Injury: A New Approach To Improved Rehabilitation by Alf BreigSkull Traction And Cervical Cord Injury: A New Approach To Improved Rehabilitation by Alf Breig

Skull Traction And Cervical Cord Injury: A New Approach To Improved Rehabilitation

byAlf BreigContribution byJohn R. Silver, Michel Renard

Paperback | February 16, 1989

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In this book on the optimal treatment of the injured spinal cord we present the reasons why we consider it necessary to handle trauma­ tized medullary tissue in accordance with the classical biological principles of wound healing in general, namely by long-term, ten­ sion-free immobilization of the spinal cord. Today, such immobili­ zation for this purpose can only be achieved by surgical secure­ ment of slight dorsiflexion of the cervical spine. Traumatically compressed medullary tissue is invariably attenu­ ated and weakened. On application of skull traction, the weakened section of the compressed cervical cord is the part that is most overstretched. This inevitably results in increased neurological def­ icit. On scrutiny of the clinical records of 100 tetraplegic patients treated by skull traction at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, England, from 1971 to 1982, we found that therapeutic skull traction had been followed by an immediate increase in neurological deficit in 12% of the patients - a relatively high figure for the type of case in which beneficial effects oftraction were habitually anticipated. Moreover, in studies on cadavers, artificial defects in fresh human cervical cord in situ showed typical deformation following application of traction, confirming the basic deleterious effects of therapeutic skull traction on the injured cervical cord.
Title:Skull Traction And Cervical Cord Injury: A New Approach To Improved RehabilitationFormat:PaperbackPublished:February 16, 1989Publisher:Springer Berlin HeidelbergLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3540504141

ISBN - 13:9783540504146

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Table of Contents

I Aggravation by Therapeutic Skull Traction of Cervical Cord Injury.- 1 Compressive Cervical Cord Injury and Therapeutic Skull Traction.- 2 Mechanics and Biomechanics of Pons-Spinal Cord Section of Central Nervous System.- 3 Deleterious Effects of Therapeutic Skull Traction: A Retrospective Study.- 4 Cord Incision Model for Visualization of Adverse Effects of Skull Traction and Ventroflexion of Cervical Spine.- 5 Future Treatment of Cervical Spine Injuries.- 6 Summary of Part I.- II A New Approach to Improved Rehabilitation.- 7 Surgical Procedure for Cervicolordodesis.- 8 Therapeutic Breadth of Surgically Secured Spinal Cord Relaxation.- 9 Summary of Part II.- 10 References.