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1General considerations

Traction is an option for initial treatment of unstable, displaced distal tibial fractures, especially in fractures with Tscherne grade I and II closed soft-tissue damage. Except where surgical treatment is not available, traction is inappropriate for definitive treatment of distal tibial fractures. This is because it requires prolonged bed rest and may not achieve an adequate reduction.