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What Is Traction?

Traction is a treatment that uses mechanical force to put tension on a damaged or dislocated bone or joint, shift it back in place, and keep it still. Traction can also be used to stretch muscles and reduce spasms. 

Why Is It Done?

Many people can benefit from traction. You may consider it if you have any of the following conditions:

How to Prepare

Before you undergo traction, you doctor will determine the tension you require and the amount of time for your treatment.

What to Expect

Traction will often require a combination of straps, harnesses, and halters to keep the body still. Usually, traction requires you to be immobile, so you may have to stay in a hospital during treatment. If you have in-home traction, be sure to make plans for assistance during your treatment period.


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