Milwaukee brace (cervical-thoracic-lumbo-sacral orthosis)

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Learn how to wear and take care of a Milwaukee brace (cervical-thoracic-lumbo-sacral orthosis [CTLSO]).

Key points

  • A CTLSO is prescribed when a child has a curve very high in their back, near their neck.
  • It will take about three weeks for your child to build up to wearing the CTLSO full time (20 to 22 hours per day).
  • This guide offers a suggested schedule to build up to the 20 to 22 hours slowly.
  • If your child is having problems with their CTLSO or you have any questions, contact your child’s orthotist.
Last updated: August 9th 2021