traction frame

traction frame

an orthopedic apparatus that supports the pulleys, ropes, and weights by which traction is applied to various parts of the body or by which various parts of the body are suspended. Traction frames are used in the treatment of bone fractures, dislocations, and disease processes of the musculoskeletal system; in the correction of various orthopedic deformities; and in the general immobilization of specific areas of the body. The main components of a traction frame are metal uprights that attach to the bed and support an overhead metal bar. In addition to having traction equipment, traction frames are often rigged with trapeze bars that the patient can grasp to help in changing positions and to exercise the muscles of the arms and the trunk. The components of a traction frame are securely clamped together when in use but can be easily disassembled and reassembled. Compare Balkan traction frame, claw-type traction frame, IV-type traction frame.
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The situation was crystallized in a cartoon of Autumn, 1945, in which a wounded veteran in casts and traction frame is visited by old buddies, sporting the then-familiar "Ruptured Duck" discharged pin.