A thoracolumbosacral or lumbosacral orthosis (TLSO/LSO) is a corset-style brace designed to restrict the movement of the torso. It is used to treat a variety of conditions, from compression fractures to laminectomies, and is usually prescribed for use after surgery. A TLSO is taller than an LSO in order to treat higher-level fractures.
TLSOs and LSOs offered by Allen Orthopedic:
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature and twisting of the spine that affects children during adolescent growth periods. Spinal bracing is a common nonsurgical treatment for children with scoliosis. The overarching goal is not to permanently correct scoliosis, but stop or slow the progression of the curve.
Allen Orthopedic Labs offers a range of pediatric scoliosis bracing options to manage and treat AIS, including full-time and night-time options.
Not one design is right for everyone. Proper design selection and execution is the responsibility of the orthotist. Determination of the best brace design requires collaboration from the treating physician and radiology reports and is based on the sort of brace you would use on a daily basis.
At Allen Orthopedic Labs, we fabricate each custom scoliosis orthosis. By combining our experiences with the latest advances in the field, we are constantly working on functional and low profile, innovative designs.
Learn more about our custom spinal orthoses or chose the pattern you want!
Scoliosis Orthoses offered by Allen Orthopedic Labs:
Dynamic movement orthoses (DMO) were first introduced in the 1990s to support children with cerebral palsy. Different than stiff, traditional braces, DMOs are lycra-based devices that work using a system of panels that re-align the body and improve posture while increasing sensory awareness. DMOs offer many advantages over rigid bracing, including postural support, improved range of movement, and increased muscle usage.
DMOs advantages come from their inclusion of rubber band-like panels that facilitate desired movement patterns. These devices can cover any part of the body and are more movement-oriented than traditional bracing.
John Allen of Allen Orthopedic Labs is the only certified orthopedist in Northern California able to dispense DMOs. He believes these orthoses offer incredible advantages and is happy to provide them to patients who would benefit from this new technology.
We are only beginning to understand DMO’s true reach. However, we have found it to be successful with quadriplegia, diplegia, and hemiplegia with the following general presentations:
- High tone and/or spasticity
- Low tone
- Mixed presentations
DMOs are certainly not for everyone. But if you, the potential wearer, and your rehab professionals think you could be doing better than your current state or if your current orthotic intervention is causing other issues, like redness, skin breakdown, etc., a DMO may be something to consider. Some people simply do not tolerate rigid braces and DMOs are just like another piece of clothing.
We are happy to consult and give honest feedback based on our experiences. We can also share before and after videos of patients who may have similar types of dysfunction and goals.
Learn more about our DMOs
TheraTogs are orthotic undergarment and strapping products that give individuals with sensorimotor impairment a highly effective modality for improving postural alignment and stability, movement skill and precision, joint stability, and prolonged muscle stretch. TheraTogs are an FDA-registered Class I medical device.
At Allen Orthopedic Labs, we love TheraTogs because they work in therapy sessions and, when worn in-between sessions, continue to be effective for the wearer in providing numerous additional hours of therapy.
TheraTogs are designed to be customized by clinicians to address the unique, specific musculoskeletal, postural, balance, or movement issues of their clients.
Worn next to the skin and under clothing or over a diaper, the patented soft-foam material gently grips the wearer’s soft tissues to create biomechanical changes key to positive outcomes. A variety of strap lengths, widths, calibers of stiffness, and placement options optimize therapeutic and orthotic results.