Traction has existed in simplistic forms for thousands of years. There are illustrations of Greeks using traction devices dated around the 2nd century CE. However, traction’s use has decreased dramatically in recent years. There are many reasons for this drop in popularity. Orthopedic traction has many possible risks and complications, despite its benefits. This, in combination with the development of other treatment options, prompts physicians to be wary of traction treatments. Additionally, some studies show that the effects of traction may be overstated. Modern doctors tend to use skin traction in moderation alongside braces and save skeletal traction for specific issues.
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