Aaron Filler, MD, PhD

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Correcting a Spinal Fracture

Spine Carpentry:
History & Principles of Rebuilding the Broken Spine

Chapter 15

Cervical Traction to Correct
and Reduce a Spine Fracture


Forty pounds of weights are hanging from a rope that runs over a pulley and then connects  to traction tongs attached to the skull. The X-ray fluoroscopy machine provides a real time view showing the effectiveness of the weights for pulling a fractured and collapsed spine back into alignment.  This type of treatment is done urgently in the emergency room for some types of neck fractures.

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