Traction From The Hip
Femur fracture is one of the most painful and life threatening of long bone fractures. Following such injury, the large quadriceps muscles frequently spasm forcing overlapping, fragmented bone into muscle, causing a pain-spasm cycle. Traction is external scaffolding that relieves the spasm, pain and further injury. It also diminishes the volume of the thigh and potential for hemorrhage. Numerous traction splints exist on the market, and the STS represents the latest in traction splint evolution.