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6Reduction

Distraction

Intraoperative use of distraction

The distractors are sophisticated devices and are ideally suited for the restoration of column length and alignment. However, distraction and reduction can be achieved equally with external fixators.
The restoration of length and alignment allows access to the fracture sites and articular surfaces. As already discussed, the restoration of columnar length and alignment is important in the treatment of the soft-tissue components of these injuries.