traction is a way of keeping your head and neck still while you
get better after an accident or operation to your neck bones.
This will usually always be used in adults with broken necks if
surgery is not performed immediately post injury. If
surgery goes ahead and is successful post injury then there's
usually no further need for halo traction. If surgery is
ruled out then the halo traction will be used for up to two
months on bed rest and then a further month to three months
attached to a specially made vest so the head is kept perfectly
still whilst sitting.
The halo traction equipment is made up
of three pieces:
- a ring around your head and then or
- a special vest
- Weights attached to the halo at head end of bed over a
- a set of four rods and two blocks.
Halo traction is attached to the head by titanium screws
which are screwed into the skull bone. The screws have to
be tightened periodically to ensure the halo is fitting
correctly. The halo traction vest when required will be
made just for the individual.
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