Skeletal Traction

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Skeletal Traction

Skeletal traction refers to placing a pin in the fractured bone. This is usually done under general anesthetic or a spinal block, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Weights are then applied to the pin, and you are placed in a special bed to encourage traction, and also to make it easier for the nurses to care for you. Skeletal traction is most commonly used to treat fractures of the femur (thigh bone).

Skin traction is far less invasive. It involves applying traction tapes to your skin directly below the fracture. The traction, or pull, is usually restricted to less than 10 percent of your body weight. Higher percentages than that do not yield faster results, but they may cause irritation and damage to the skin. Skin traction is rarely a final treatment. Instead, it is a way to stabilize a broken bone until doctors can agree on the final treatment plan (Buckley).

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