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Back Brace for Scoliosis

Important Information About Back Braces for Scoliosis

The decision about which scoliosis back brace to wear depends on the type of curve and whether the patient will follow the doctor's directions about how many hours a day to wear the it.
 
Braces can be custom-made or can be made from a prefabricated mold. All back braces must be selected for the specific curve problem and fitted to each patient. In order to have their intended effect (to keep a curve from getting worse), a back brace must be worn every day for the full number of hours prescribed by the doctor until the child stops growing.
 

Types of Scoliosis Back Braces

The two main types of back braces for scoliosis treatment include the Milwaukee brace and the thoracolumbosacral orthosis.
 
Milwaukee Brace
Patients can wear this back brace to correct any curve in the spine. This brace has a neck ring.
 
Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis (TLSO)
Patients can wear this back brace to correct curves whose highest point is at or below the eighth thoracic vertebra. The TLSO is an underarm brace, which means that it fits under the arm and around the rib cage, lower back, and hips.
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