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April 18, 1959


Author Affiliations

Memphis, Tenn.

From the Orthopedic Section, Surgical Service, Veterans Administration Medical Teaching Group Hospital.

JAMA. 1959;169(16):1876-1877. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.73000330001008

Traction of one form or another has been a popular treatment for low back and sciatic pain for the past two decades, and it was mentioned by Dickson1 in 1936. Many have applied traction to one or both lower extremities by adhesive tape or mole skin, either directly on the skin or acting through sponge rubber, a stockinette, or a carefully fitted boot. The pelvic belt described by Varco2 with dual side straps and a spreader bar has been a convenient method of application avoiding skin irritation over the extremities. The single strap applied to the posterior of the belt may have some advantage in rotating the pelvis and flexing the lumbar spine.

The purpose of this report is not to discuss the pros and cons of traction therapy but to present a means whereby it may be made more efficient.

Regardless of the point of attachment of