At a meeting of the New York Surgical Society, Nov. 8, 1916, Dr. Alfred S. Taylor1 described an elastic traction method of treating Volkmann's ischemic contracture. The apparatus consisted of a padded leather sleeve extending from the elbow to the wrist, and to the sides of this sleeve were attached two steel bars, with an adjustable offset at the wrist which could be made to project at any desired angle over the hand and fingers. A broad pad in the palm of the hand was later extended to support the fingers also; and elastic traction was applied by means of ordinary commercial rubber bands which passed under the palmar pad and over the notched projecting steel bars. The size and number of rubber bands varied in accordance with the requirements of the case. Taylor presented one case and reported several others which had been treated by this method with
VINCENT WG. GREENSTICK FRACTURES OF THE FOREARM: CORRECTION OF THE DEFORMITY BY CONTINUOUS ELASTIC TRACTION. JAMA. 1918;70(2):78. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.02600020012006
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