What is the role of bracing in the treatment of lumbar spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Beth B Froese, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Bracing for acute isthmic spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis is controversial, but it has been shown in some studies to reduce symptoms and to facilitate healing. Most sources discuss use of a thoracolumbosacral spinal orthosis or modified Boston Brace for low-grade slips or for isolated spondylolytic lesions (without spondylolisthesis). Some sources advocate more extensive bracing with inclusion of most of the thorax (to the nipple line) and the thighs. Recommend use of the device for 3-6 months. [20]


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