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. They are used in orthopedic medicine. It’s often done using ropes, pulleys, and weights. These tools help apply force to the tissues surrounding the damaged area. The purpose of traction is to guide the body part back into place and hold it steady. Skeletal traction involves placing a pin, wire or screw in the fractured bone, while Skin traction is far less invasive than skeletal traction. It involves
applying splints, bandages, or adhesive tapes to the skin directly below
the fracture. Traction can be beneficial in treating certain conditions. It’s very
effective in providing temporary pain relief in the early stages of
treatment after trauma.