Traction

Traction means pulling on part of the body.

Most often, traction uses devices such as weights and pulleys to put tension on a displaced bone or joint, such as a dislocated shoulder. The tension helps put the joint back in position and keep it still.

Traction is also used to keep a group of muscles (such as the neck muscles) stretched to reduce muscle spasms. This is called cervical traction.

A traction treatment will involve a:

  • Certain amount of tension to pull the body part into another position
  • Length of time to use the tension
  • Way to keep the tension steady

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