upper extremity suspension

upper extremity suspension

an orthopedic procedure used in the treatment of fractures and in the correction of orthopedic abnormalities of the upper limbs. The procedure uses traction equipment, including metal frames, ropes, and pulleys, to relieve the weight of the involved upper limb rather than to exert traction. Upper extremity suspension is usually unilateral but also may be used bilaterally in postoperative, posttraumatic, or postreduction control of edema. Compare balanced suspension, lower extremity suspension.
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