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Traction is the application of a pulling force to maintain bone alignment during fracture healing. D

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Traction is the application of a pulling force to maintain bone alignment during fracture healing. Different fractures require different types of traction. (A) Balanced suspension traction is commonly used for fractures of the femur. (B) Skeletal traction, in which the pulling force is applied directly to the bone, may be used to treat fractures of the humerus.
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