Understanding the Boston Brace: Benefits and Alternatives

The Boston Brace was created in the 1970s by an orthotist and a number of orthopaedic specialists as a new way of treating scoliosis. It remains the gold standard for bracing as a form of conservative scoliosis treatment by medical professionals today. Its main objective, then and now, is arresting the curve to prevent surgical intervention.

Benefits of the Boston Brace include:-

  • Clinical studies and proven results to control curve progression- the Boston Brace has been the subject of numerous medical studies, including for failures and side effects and relevance to compliance. To date, it remains the most studied brace on the market and does its job well.
  • Available pre-fabricated in USA- While they also do custom cast and made, majority of Boston Braces are off the shelf, made effective by adding individualised inserts and padding to a base corset structure. This allows for a family to procure a brace with minimal fabrication time.
  • Symmetrical design- the symmetrical design of the brace allows for a nicer in brace aesthetic of the user, which is the result of compressing the user into the shape of the brace.
  • Accelerate decision making process- as the brace has a long history with understanding of the factors which equate a failure or success, it allows for the physician in charge to evaluate and conclude the success of treatment quicker.
    The body, compressed in a symmetrical brace

Other symmetrical braces on the market include the Milwaukee brace and the Lyon brace in Europe. Newer brace concepts that add 3D elements to a symmetrical brace include the SPoRT line from Italy. The original Boston Brace maintains a posterior opening(as this delivers the best results) but it should be of interest that the brand has diversified their products to include 3D, night and RC type braces.

Typical symmetrical brace with back opening, which you will likely need help with

While we understand the guiding principles of the Boston Brace, we feel that if a person should need to be put in a brace; why just stop at controlling the curve progression. Even more so when we are able to achieve correction without compressing the body and at the same time relieving pressure along the spine, resulting in a comfortable corrective brace. Which we achieve by coupling intelligent design and understanding body geometry, both play an inherent role in the formation of an Align Brace.


Your spine deserves better. A better brace for a better correction to a better you.