View Full Version : Anyone ever heard of casting for a Boston brace

09-28-2009, 09:08 PM
Our local orthotist wants us to cast my 4 yr old as the best way to measure her for her Boston brace, instead of mere measurements. Anyone ever heard of this? Is it necessary?

09-28-2009, 09:27 PM

It's very common, and I think many professionals feel a brace from a cast is a much better treatment than one made from measurements (which is essentially off the shelf). I wouldn't be too worried about it. It's not at all painful. You might want to try to make a game of it with your daughter.


09-29-2009, 11:38 AM
Whenever my son had a new TLSO brace made, they always created a type of cast with strips of material in some kind of paper mache-like solution. They'd briefly let it dry and then cut it off. He would wear a little tank top they gave us. It was pretty stressful for me but he felt sort of ticklish during the process so he laughed a lot. It didn't take too long and was over within a few minutes because at least two orthotists were usually involved in applying the strips and making sure he had the right posture during the application.

Good luck with all of it.

09-29-2009, 12:41 PM
Yes, this is not uncommon, although I personally think it is seen less and less these days. My niece's was cast about 10 years ago but my daughter's was not. They used an "off the shelf" outer casing and trimmed as necessary. The inside was padded as necessary also. It kind of annoyed me at the outset but seems fine I guess now.

10-04-2009, 01:54 AM
I was not casted for my boston brace, but was for my 3 cheneau braces and i really feel that the casting process makes a better brace. I actually really enjoyed getting casted, I don't know if that is odd or not, but I did. It felt like getting a massage! and the plaster heats up as it finishes, so it felt soo good! I might be weird, but there you go. So i wouldn't stress it too much.

10-05-2009, 08:56 PM
Thanks, as you all suggested, it went relaly well. She gigled through the whole thing and I feel that we will have a better fitting product than an off the shelf model. Thanks for the advice.

To Bracegirl...tell me a little bit about what you liked about the Rigo vs. Boston brace.

10-06-2009, 12:37 AM
Oh dear, where to begin!
well first off, I would definintely have had surgery with the Boston brace, now keep in mind that this is specific to my curves and may not always be the case. I was inreasing to the point where surgery was discussed in the Boston. then I switched to the Rigo Cheneau and now my curves are back down to where they were when I was braced. this is unheard of and very rare. the thing about the Rigo is that it treats the curve in 3 dimensions, whereas the boston only treats two. the boston looks less obtrusive cosmetically, but i think that the cosmetic ramifications of a brace should be the last thing on anyone's priority list. if you have more questions, feel free to PM me. I really feel that the rigo cheneau saved my back from surgery. so its definitely something to consider