The Boston brace is a type of thoraco-lumbo-sacral-orthosis, or TLSO brace. In fact, it’s the most common TLSO brace in the United States. It’s used primarily for the treatment of children, working to slow the progression of scoliosis in growing spines.
The traditional way to treat scoliosis involves periods of observation, bracing (though this is generally for adolescent patients whose spines are not fully developed) and then surgery if the curve progresses much past 40 degrees.
Many people believe that scoliosis has to slow them down, that they have to stop exercising or playing sports simply because of a diagnosis of scoliosis. But a scoliosis workout can actually help to improve your scoliosis, as well as your general health and happiness.
TLSO is an acronym for thoracolumbosacral orthosis, a brace for the mid to lower spine. Although a bit of a mouthful, we’re talking about the main type of brace used to correct a sideways, or lateral, scoliotic curve in the mid to lower spine.
Scoliosis is an intricate disease. Experts still don’t know what causes 80% of scoliosis cases, and there is no cure. But there’s still hope!
A possible early diagnostic tool? By Dr. Matt Janzen and Dr. Josh Woggon This article was originally published in The American Chiropractor in August 2014.
DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended to promote or sell a product in any way, but rather to explain how research can be applied pragmatically towards the development of clinical rehabilitation technologies. The Scoliosis Traction Chair is not available for sale to the general public, or even to licensed Doctors of Chiropractic.
This guide is not intended to replace the advice of a healthcare professional. Each case of scoliosis is unique and must be evaluated on an individual basis. Please consult with a scoliosis specialist before deciding upon a treatment plan.
Beware of unethical chiropractors who sign you up for long-term care plans with no milestones to measure progress. Over the twelve years that I have been working with CLEAR, there are many stories that I have heard with disturbing regularity.
In October of 2015, the United States government began requiring healthcare practitioners to use a new system of diagnosis codes, called ICD 10, which stands for International Classification of Disease, 10th edition. This article is intended to assist healthcare professionals in using the correct diagnosis codes with cases of scoliosis.