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  Halo Traction
Halo 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 pulley system
  • 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. 

see also:-

Complications - Rehabilitation - Rehabilitation Functional Goals - Spinal Injury


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