Devices are used in the treatment of fractures, soft-tissue injuries, and reconstructive surgery. After fracture reduction, internal, external, or intramedullary fixation devices may be used to provide stability and maintain the alignment of bone fragments during the healing process. They must be strong and secure enough to allow early mobilization of the injured part, as well as the entire patient. Compression is used whenever possible to increase the contact area and the stability between fragments and to decrease the stress on the implant. Screws are used primarily to provide interfragmental compression or to attach plates, which can then provide compression, prevent displacement, and support the fragments during healing. Pins and wires can be used for fixation of small fragments or fractures in small bones and for attachment of external fixation devices and traction. A basic understanding of the devices and principles of use is needed to interpret radiographs obtained after the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
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