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In orthopedic medicine, 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. The purpose of traction is to regain normal length and alignment of involved bone lessen or eliminate muscle spasms relieve pressure on nerves, especially spinal and prevent or reduce skeletal deformities or muscle contractures to provide a fusiform tamponade around a bleeding vessel

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