Spinal Conditions

The Department  of Orthotics and Prosthetics works with the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery as well as outside providers to help treat children with back conditions and circumstances including:

Our team uses spinal orthoses (braces) such as thoracolumbosacral orthosis (TLSO) and lumbar sacral orthosis  (LSO) to help treat our patients’ conditions.

What to Expect

After patients have visited their orthopaedic surgeon and received a prescription for a spinal orthosis, they can make an appointment with us for an evaluation.

At the first appointment, our team will perform a clinical evaluation and review x-rays, cast the patient’s body or use a scanner to obtain the right measurements. We recommend that children bring a bathing suit or tight-fitting t-shirt and shorts so we can get the most accurate measurements possible.

We’ll use the results of the tests to create the brace. Each orthosis is custom-made by our team, a process that takes about two weeks. After the brace is made, the patient will come in for a final fitting to make sure it’s the correct size and comfortable.

If an orthosis does not fit properly after the visit, please let us know so we can schedule an appointment and make whatever adjustments are necessary to improve the fit of the orthosis. 

Make an Appointment

After receiving a prescription for a back orthosis, you can make an appointment to have your child fitted by calling 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®).


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