Traction refers to the set of mechanisms for straightening broken bones or relieving pressure on the spine and skeletal system. There are two types of traction: skin traction and skeletal traction.
There are several situations when traction may be used. For example, it may be used to:
- realign and fix bone fractures, such as a broken leg
- help reduce pain before surgery
- treat bone deformities caused by conditions such as scoliosis
- correct a muscle contracture (shortening of a muscle)
Several studies have either produced inconclusive results or concluded that there are more effective methods of treating these conditions, such as exercise and physiotherapy.
Consult at Aadil Hospital for opinion from Orthopedics and physiotherapy departments.