Spinal orthoses are applied to the trunk to correct alignment, stabilize, support and/or reduce pain. A Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral Orthosis (TLSO) encompasses the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral regions of the spine while an Lumbo-Sacral Orthosis (LSO) only encompasses the lumbar and sacral regions. TLSO designs include bivalve/clamshell, anterior or posterior opening body jackets, a Milwaukee design, and several types of scoliosis specific alignment correcting orthoses such as a Boston brace, Charleston Bending brace and Providence brace.
Depending on the spinal condition and region of pathology, orthoses can be custom fabricated or custom fit. Both can be designed to offload various “problem” areas of the spine or used to prevent specific movements (such as side, forward or backward bending). A few custom fit orthoses include the Harris brace, CASH brace, Jewett brace, Knight-Taylor orthosis, and corsets.
These devices may be suitable for the following individuals;
- Post Surgical
- Sheuermann’s Kyphosis
- Postural Kyphosis
- Spondylolysis, Spodylolisthesis, Spondylosis, Spondylitis
- Compression Fractures
- Disc Herniation