Proximal Tibia Skeletal Traction: Technique and Indications

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Summary:Skeletal traction is a fundamental tool for the orthopaedic surgeon caring for patients with traumatic pelvic and lower-extremity orthopaedic injuries. Skeletal traction has proven to be an effective initial means of stabilization in patients with these injuries. Traction may be used for both temporary and definitive treatment in a variety of orthopaedic injuries. With the appropriate knowledge of regional anatomy, skeletal traction pins can be placed safely and with a low rate of complications. Several methods for placing skeletal traction have been described, and it is critical for orthopaedic surgeons to be proficient not only in their application but also understanding of the appropriate indications for use. Here we present a case example of a patient with a right femur fracture and discuss the technique and indications for placement of proximal tibia skeletal traction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S44-S45
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2021


  • femur fracture
  • lower extremity trauma
  • skeletal traction


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