1. What is traction?
Traction is the process in which a dislocated or fractured body part is gently and slowly pulled by using ropes, pulleys, and weights. Traction helps stabilize and realign fractured bones while reducing the pain. It is usually applied to legs and arms, the neck, or the backbone.
2. What is a traction pin?
A traction pin is used in skeletal traction technique that helps restore movements in a contracted joint. This necessitates inserting a pin. The pin helps reduce unstable fractures and dislocations. Weights are attached to the pin so that the bone may be pulled into the right position.
3. What is traction care used for?
Traction care is usually used for putting the bone or joint in position and keeping it still. Traction may also be used for keeping a group of muscles (like the neck muscles) stretched so that muscle spasms can be reduced.
4. Can traction help reduce back pain?
Yes. Spinal traction, a form of compression therapy, helps relieve pressure on the spine. It is used to treat sciatica, herniated discs, pinched nerves, degenerative disc disease, and several other back conditions.
5. Are there any side effects of traction?
Usually, there are no long-term side effects of traction. In the case of spinal traction, a few side effects may be experienced during or after treatment. People sometimes experience muscle spasms after undergoing traction treatment.