History & Principles of Rebuilding the Broken Spine
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.