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Definition of Traction, orthopedic

Traction, orthopedic: The use of a system of weights and pulleys to gradually change the position of a bone. It may be used in cases of congenital defect or bone and joint injury to prevent scar tissue from building up in ways to limit movement and to prevent contractures in disorders such as cerebral palsy and arthritis.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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