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Definition of Milwaukee brace

Milwaukee brace: One of the two main types of braces used to treat the lateral curve of the spine in scoliosis. This brace can be worn to correct any curve in the spine.

The brace can be custom made or can be made from a pre-fabricated mold. All braces must be selected for the specific curve problem and fitted to each patient. To have their intended effect (to keep a curve from getting worse), the brace must be worn every day for the full number of hours prescribed by the doctor until the child stops growing.

The other type of brace for scoliosis is called a thoracolumbosacral orthosis (TLSO).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10391
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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