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Alternative: Chinese finger traps

Traction can be applied by use of Chinese finger traps and a countertraction force (such as the weight of the limb, or a small sandbag). Firm pressure over any displaced fragments will reduce any displacement.

Unstable oblique or multifragmentary fractures may require more prolonged traction and/or continual traction during cast application. Under these circumstances, suspension of the limb using Chinese finger traps will maintain the traction whilst applying a cast.