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Henry A. Shenkin, M.D.
JAMA. 1954;156(11):1067-1070. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950110029010.
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A series of 27 patients suffering with pain in the neck and upper extremity as a result of disturbances of the cervical spine causing root compression were treated with a new form of cervical traction apparatus. It is my opinion that in each instance in this series the pain was sufficiently severe to warrant surgical intervention for its relief. Indeed, previously, in the ordinary course of neurosurgical practice, laminectomy would have been offered to this entire group. The present results of treatment will be described after the clinical entity under consideration is briefly discussed.

Pain in the neck and shoulder or in the neck and upper extremity is frequently due to pressure on the cervical nerve roots from herniations of the cervical intervertebral disks or from compression of the roots in the intervertebral canals. This pain syndrome can result from acute injury to the neck or from chronic or repeated


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