Skull traction is applied by using crutchfield tongs among other types of pins for the same purposes, these tongs are applied to fit into the
a. Skull traction is achieved by gaining purchase on the outer table of the skull by metal pins.
b. Skull traction is mainly used in the management of serious injuries to the cervical spine to reduce a dislocation or fracture dislocation. Crutschfield tongs fit into the parietal bones.
Crutchfield and Garden wells is used for cervical fracture and dislocation. Garden wells is more preferred. Both are apply in partial bone.