Treatment > Hard Bracing
Hard braces are made out of rigid, plastic material that is custom molded to the wearer’s body.
In some cases with large and stiff curves, an aggressive hard brace can be used to try and achieve an initial correction. Hard braces are also indicated for use in many neuromuscular scoliosis cases where the control of muscles are lost as compared to soft bracing where it requires a relatively normal muscle function to work.
Bracing (soft or hard) and physiotherapy are treatments for mild to moderate scoliosis as the aim of bracing is to stop or delay
progression / deterioration of the scoliosis which has a natural history of progression to the point of requiring surgery.
  • Boston Brace
  • Milwaukee Brace
  • Charleston Bending Brace
  • Cheneau Brace
Most common TLSO (Thoraco-lumbo-sacral-orthosis) brace and also known as the “underarm” brace.
Often prescribed for lumbar, or thoraco-lumbar scoliosis.
Can be removed for activities and sports.
Worn for 23 hours per day.

The Milwaukee Brace is likely the earliest modern brace designed specifically for scoliosis treatment and has been used world wide with varied success.
It is worn for 23 hours per day and is like a TLSO brace but combined with a padded neck ring held up by metal rods attached to the front and back to provide stabilization to the upper thoracic and cervical region during the scoliosis progression.
Can be removed for activities and sports.
However, due to its non-cosmetic appearance, TLSO braces are a better option.

The Charleston Bending brace was introduced as a night-time brace for scoliosis curves within 20 to 40 degrees range.
Worn at night during sleep (usually for 8 hours).
The reason is the known as the “bending” brace is because the wearer has to bend to one side towards the convexity of the curve while the brace is molded to conform to their body.
Usually for single curves (thoracic or lumbar).

Commonly used for scoliosis and thoracic hypokypohsis treatments in European countries such as Spain, and France.
It is a thermoplastic brace modeled on a hyper-corrected positive plaster mould of the patient.
Worn for 23 hours per day.