Milwaukee Brace Definition

The Milwaukee brace is a plastic body jacket used in the treatment of adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis and Scheuermann's disease. The Milwaukee brace, also referred to as a Cervico-Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral-Orthosis brace, is similar to braces for the lower back, but also includes a neck ring held in place by vertical bars attached to the body of the brace.

The Milwaukee brace is most effective for curves in the thoracic spine and is particularly effective in correcting kyphosis, an excessive outward curvature of the spine like a hunchback. The brace is typically worn 23 hours per day to minimize the risk of curve progression.